Doctors in Pennsylvania can breathe a sigh of relief now that the state high court has decided an opthalmologist can’t be held liable for the death of a woman in a car accident caused by the doctor’s patient.

The issue of first impression is “significant and far-reaching,” according to Justice Ralph J. Cappy, who wrote the majority opinion in Estate of Witthoeft v. Kiskaddon. Justice Stephen A. Zappala concurred in the result.

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