Beth A. Ekelman Ranke, Matthew P. Moriarty; An Overview of Professional Liability in Occupational Therapy. Am J Occup Ther 1997;51(8):671-680. doi: 10.5014/ajot.51.8.671.
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Occupational therapists occasionally are sued for professional malpractice; thus, they need to be aware of the law of malpractice, those areas of practice that present the greatest legal challenges, and strategies to reduce client injury and liability risks. This article provides an overview of the law of professional malpractice, explains the impact of various employment relationships on liability risks, reviews specific malpractice actions against occupational therapists, and provides suggestions on how to reduce the risk of injuring a client in therapy. By increasing one’s awareness of the legalities of professional malpractice and implementing certain strategies, therapists can improve quality of care and reduce their exposure to malpractice liability.
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