a. Patient was admitted into hospital but was hostile and restrained. Doctor performed surgery and put him in a private room that was unsecure. Patient tried to leave and employees tried to stop him. 2 employees died and 1 was injured. Suit for negligence diagnosis by the doctor resulting in bad treatment and release of hostile patient.
b. Plaintiffs claimed doctor had a duty for reasonable care to third parties when the doctor’s acts would result in injury to third parties.
c. HELD: any duty for reasonable care on a physician is to avoid negligence to the patient ONLY. Employees and third parties cannot sue for a breach of duty by a physician. Only a patient could have sued in this situation. The physician-patient relationship does not transfer over to third parties.
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