Case Study – Tatiana Tarasoff: A Duty to Warn

Case Study – Tatiana Tarasoff – A Duty to Warn

When a therapist predicts that his patient is a danger to another person, does he have a duty to warn that person of the danger?

In this famous and controversial case heard before the California Supreme Court in 1976, the majority opinion held that the duty of confidentiality in psychotherapy is outweighed by the duty to protect an intended victim from a serious danger of violence.