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TALLAHASSEE — In a decision that could influence how patients are treated for depression, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a physician could be sued for medical malpractice for a patient’s suicide.

 

In a 5-2 decision, the court opined that while a Florida physician does not have a “duty” to prevent suicide for an outpatient — or a patient who is not in a hospital — the physician does have a statutory obligation to treat a patient within the standard of care.

 

“Although the inpatient duty to prevent suicide does not apply here, there still existed a statutory duty under section 766.102 to treat the decedent in accordance with the standard of care,” Justice Peggy Quince wrote for the majority, which included Justices Barbara Pariente, Jorge Labarga, R. Fred Lewis and James E.C, Perry.

 

The more conservative judges — Charles Canady and Ricky Polston —dissented, but did not write a separate opinion.

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