Civil litigation and the child psychiatrist.J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1990 Nov; 29(6):963-8.JA
This paper reviews the legal principles involved in tort litigation and covers the evolution of case law regarding recovery of damages for psychic trauma. Concepts of zone of danger, foreseeability, and proximate cause are discussed. Issues for both plaintiff and expert witness are discussed. Case examples are provided, and recommendations are made regarding the child psychiatrist's involvement in these cases.