Is a Physician Liable for Suicide of a Schizophrenic Due to Reducing the Dosage?
A schizophrenic committed suicide when returning from Japan to China. The descendants believed that the physician didn’t take any necessary precautions for the patient to prevent suicide, and filed a lawsuit for damages against the physician as defendant. In the first instance, the defendant was founded the faults and was required to pay a part of the compensation. However, the second instance overturned the judgment of first-instance and argued that although reducing the dosage of medicine as a treatment may have worsened the symptoms of the patient, it was impossible for the physician to predict specifically that the patient have a risk of suicide only by the descriptions of symptoms in Email. Therefore, the defendant was not obliged to take the necessary precautions to prevent the patient from committing suicide, and didn’t need to take the liability for the damage.