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Negligent Referral

Negligent Referral

Definition

A claim made against a professional who negligently refers a client/patient to another professional. Negligent referral claims are usually made when one professional refers a client/patient to a more specialized practitioner who then commits an error or omission that injures the claimant. For example, if a family physician refers a patient to a surgeon who injures the patient during an operation, the patient could allege that the family physician negligently referred him/her to the surgeon. Professional liability insurance typically covers negligent referral claims when they are made against the professional who refers a client/patient to another professional.

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