If a patient decides to leave a hospital of his or her own accord -- against the attending physician's recommendation -- does that relieve the attending physician of any liability for malpractice if something later goes wrong?
When is a bad outcome with a psychiatric patient unavoidable and when is it a sign of malpractice on the part of the mental health professional who was treating the patient?
If money ends up missing from your investment accounts, you know that there's obvious wrongdoing and you need to take legal action. However, what happens when your investment adviser makes some serious mistakes that cost you a fortune? Can you sue, or are you simply the victim of bad luck and a volatile market?
Psychiatry isn't an exact science. Variable outcomes can occur even with the best treatment. Therefore, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a psychologist that just fails to help a patient and one that's guilty of malpractice.
Lawyers don't all come with the same set of skills and some of them make mistakes that end up harming their clients.
If you own a business, it's critical to have good support services, including an accountant. You also need to be able to rely on that accountant to meet certain minimum standards that are at least level with any other member of the profession.
The aging American population is increasingly turning to family law attorneys to complete important end-of-life documents like their wills or establish trusts and other financial management vehicles for the future. Many of those attorneys are also paid to manage estates and handle conservator duties.
Pharmacists have taken on an increasingly complex role in this nation. Their jobs are no longer limited to simply filling prescriptions. To some extent, they've now become medical providers in their own right just about everywhere.
Most business professionals hire an accountant because they don't want to handle their own books -- or don't know how.
The majority of attorneys are responsible and ethical -- it's not only part of their training but something that the American Bar Association demands. The Bar looks pretty hard at the character of each applicant for a license to practice law before granting one.