Losing a loved one is an unthinkable tragedy, but it is made worse if the loss was caused by psychiatric or psychologist negligence. Mental health patients and their families trust professionals to provide proper care. But when those professionals fail to exercise good clinical judgment, the results can be devastating.
Types of psychiatric malpractice:
- Failure to recognize clear signs of suicidal behaviors.
- Failure to properly monitor a patient who has communicated suicidal thoughts.
- Medication errors, by prescribing the wrong medication or failing to closely monitor a patient on the medication.
PROVING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
To win a psychiatric malpractice lawsuit, you and your lawyer must prove to a jury that the psychiatrist owed a certain “standard of care” to the patient and that the psychiatrist’s care fell below this standard. You must then prove that this is what caused your loved one to suffer injury or death.
Thinking of filing a suicide lawsuit? The goal of our suicide lawyers at Friedman, Domiano & Smith is to hold psychiatrists accountable for the harm they cause. We do this for two reasons: First, to financially compensate families for their loss; and second, to call attention to psychiatric malpractice so doctors, hospitals and behavioral health facilities have incentive to make changes. Read about our verdicts and settlements in similar medical malpractice cases.