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Top court expands hospital immunity in ‘suicide by cop’ case

Law also protects decision not to admit patient involuntarily

Hospitals cannot be held liable when they reasonably refuse to admit a patient against his or her will, even if the patient commits suicide or inflicts other harm after being released, Maryland’s highest court has held.

About Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.

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