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Medicolegal Sidebar

Getting Sued By Someone Else’s Patient—When Does a Curbside Consultation Carry Medicolegal Jeopardy?

Bal, B. Sonny MD, JD, MBA, PhD; Teo, Wendy BA(Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), LLM; Brenner, Lawrence H. JD

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®: October 2019 - Volume 477 - Issue 10 - p 2204–2206
doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000000941

B. S. Bal, Chief Executive Officer and President, SINTX Technologies, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

W. Z. W. Teo, Medical Officer, Department of Hand Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Bukit Merah, Singapore

L. H. Brenner, Attorney, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

B. Sonny Bal MD, JD, MBA, PhD, 1885 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84119 USA, Email:

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Received August 05, 2019

Accepted August 06, 2019

Online date: August 29, 2019

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins LWW
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