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This book explores the area of law known generally as "hospital liability" – the duties and responsibilities a hospital owes to its patients, and the theories under which a hospital may be held liable, such as:
• Lack of informed consent and/or informed refusal
• Unauthorized treatment which may lead to a cause of action for battery
• Breach of privacy for the unauthorized release of a patient's medical record
• Breach of contract
The almanac also discusses the responsibility of the hospital for the actions of its employees.