Baylor Escapes Some Liability In Patient's Rabies Death

Law360, New York (August 27, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Friday largely shielded Baylor University Medical Center from liability in the death of a man who received a liver transplant from a rabies-infected drug user, saying the duty to obtain patients' informed consent rests with doctors, not hospitals.

The ruling found that an expert’s report on behalf of the deceased man’s survivors lacked evidence of wrongdoing and said it would be impossible to hold Baylor legally responsible for getting patient permission because, under state law, that task is left entirely to...
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