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231 Pa. Code Rule 1042.1. Professional Liability Actions. Scope. Definition.


Rule 1042.1. Professional Liability Actions. Scope. Definition.

 (a)  The rules of this chapter govern a civil action in which a professional liability claim is asserted by or on behalf of a patient or client of the licensed professional against

   (1)  a licensed professional, and/or

   (2)  a partnership, unincorporated association, corporation or similar entity where the entity is responsible for a licensed professional who deviated from an acceptable professional standard, and

 (b)  A professional liability claim asserted against a licensed professional includes a claim for lack of informed consent.

 (c)  As used in this chapter, ‘‘licensed professional’’ means

   (1)  any person who is licensed pursuant to an Act of Assembly as

     (i)   a health care provider as defined by Section 503 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, 40 P. S. §  1303.503;

     (ii)   an accountant;

   Official Note

   See the CPA Law, Act of May 26, 1947, No. 318, as reenacted and amended, 63 P. S. §  9.1 et seq.

     (iii)   an architect;

   Official Note

   See the Architects Licensure Law, Act of December 14, 1982, P. L. 1227, No. 281, 63 P. S. §  34.1 et seq.

     (iv)   a chiropractor;

   Official Note

   See the Chiropractic Practice Act of Dec. 16, 1986, P. L. 1646, No. 188, 63 P. S. §  625.101 et seq.

     (v)   a dentist;

   Official Note

   See the Dental Law, Act of May 1, 1933, P. L. 216, 63 P. S. §  120 et seq.

     (vi)   an engineer or land surveyor;

   Official Note

   See The Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law, Act of May 23, 1945, P. L. 913, as amended, 63 P. S. §  148 et seq.

     (vii)   a nurse;

   Official Note

   See the Professional Nursing Law, Act of May 22, 1951, P. L. 317, as amended, 63 P. S. §  211 et seq.

     (viii)   an optometrist;

   Official Note

   See the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act of June 6, 1980, P. L. 197, No. 57, 63 P. S. §  244.1 et seq.

     (ix)   a pharmacist;

   Official Note

   See the Wholesale Prescription Drug Distributors License Act of December 14, 1992, P. L. 1116, No. 145, 63 P. S. §  391.1 et seq.

     (x)   a physical therapist;

   Official Note

   See the Physical Therapy Practice Act of October 10, 1975, P. L. 383, No. 110, 63 P. S. §  1301 et seq.

     (xi)   a psychologist; and

   Official Note

   See the Professional Psychologists Practice Act of March 23, 1972, P. L. 136, No. 52, 63 P. S. §  1201 et seq.

     (xii)   a veterinarian.

   Official Note

   See the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act of December 27, 1974, P. L. 995, No. 326, 63 P. S. §  485.1 et seq.

   (2)  an attorney at law; and

   Official Note

   See Rule 76 for the definition of attorney at law.

   (3)  any professional described in paragraphs (1) and (2) who is licensed by another state.


   The provisions of this Rule 1042.1 adopted January 27, 2003, effective immediately, 33 Pa.B. 748; amended June 16, 2008, effective immediately, 38 Pa.B. 3481. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (295850) and (316383).

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