Portia Rauer successfully defended a physician in a medical malpractice action wherein the trial court dismissed the physician from the lawsuit because there was no physician-patient relationship. The patient had previously seen the physician for eye care, but this care was terminated when the patient transferred his care to another facility. Years later, when the patient was in the emergency room for loss of vision, the physician was contacted by the emergency room for an informal consultation. Ms. Rauer successfully argued, and the court held, the informal telephone consultation did not revive the previous physician-patient relationship.
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