Edwards v. Tardif

692 A.2d 1266 (1997)

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Edwards v. Tardif

Connecticut Supreme Court
692 A.2d 1266 (1997)

Facts

Agatha Edwards (Agatha) was being treated by physician Daniel Tardif (defendant) for clinical depression. Agatha was admitted to Manchester Memorial Hospital for severe depression and alcoholism, and there she continued to get treatment from Tardif. One day, Agatha called Tardif’s office to get help with the depression, but Tardif was not in. A different doctor, Ettinger (defendant)—with no prior knowledge of Agatha or her medical history—took the call. Agatha expressed her concerns about depression to Ettinger, and Ettinger prescribed medication over the phone. Ettinger did not inquire further into Agatha’s medical history nor schedule an evaluation for Agatha. About a week later, Agatha committed suicide by overdose on the medication that Ettinger had prescribed. Craig Edwards (plaintiff), the executor of Agatha’s estate, brought a medical-malpractice suit against Tardif. The trial court found in favor of Edwards. The case was appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Berdon, J.)

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