The Psychiatrist’s Liability for Negligent Diagnosis

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


While negligence in the diagnostic process is a common cause of action in most medical specialties, negligent diagnosis in psychiatric practice is rarely alleged or proved. The sparcity of litigation in this area is understandable. There has always been disagreement as to diagnosis in psychiatry. In a field where classifications of diseases as well as definitions of what is and what is not a disease are in a state of constant flux, standards of due care in arriving at a diagnosis are not easily determined. In the absence of such standards it is obviously difficult for a plaintiff to argue that a particular illness was incorrectly diagnosed.


Legal Aspect Suicidal Patient Psychiatric Practice Malpractice Suit Tort Liability 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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