Legal issues in child maltreatment

Sandeep K. Narang*, John D. Melville

*Corresponding author for this work

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The most common medicolegal issues include reporting child maltreatment, the presentation of ethical and effective expert testimony, informed consent in child maltreatment cases, and various liability risks related to child maltreatment cases. The health care professional who remains knowledgeable about the laws within their jurisdiction, the mandates of their professional society and state medical board, and the local resources (eg, child abuse pediatrician and hospital counsel) available to them minimizes medicolegal risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1058
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Child maltreatment
  • Expert witness
  • Legal issues
  • Medicolegal issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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