Title
Liabilities of a physician confronted with child abuse Liabilities of a physician confronted with child abuse
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Dordrecht ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
European journal of health law. - Dordrecht, 1994, currens
Volume/pages
20(2013) :3 , p. 271-288
ISSN
0929-0273
1571-8093
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c:vabb:372512
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Abstract Several research questions raises when physicians are confronted with a possible case of child abuse. First, there is a problem of professional secrecy. In most European countries, physicians have the right to speak when confronted with a state of emergency. In other countries, physicians have a duty to speak and alert the police when the life or physical integrity of a person is at stake. A second topic to be discussed involves the possible liability of physicians who do not report child abuse. By not reporting a case of possible child abuse, the physician is respecting the family life of the parents, even though the child might continue to suffer damages. Third and essentially, I analyse the possible liability of physicians who do inform the prosecutor of a suspected child abuse. Specific criteria are elaborated to establish negligence when physicians report child abuse to the prosecutor.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/0992b7/9e63c639f1e.pdf
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