Suicide Malpractice Lawsuit

How to bring a lawsuit as a result of suicide

It may be necessary to pursue a malpractice lawsuit if the healthcare provider was negligent and a suicide occurred. While a family may be reluctant to pursue a suicide malpractice lawsuit, taking legal action may be the best way to hold a negligent provider accountable. Your actions may also help to save the lives of others experiencing the same suffering.

A psychiatrist or a psychologist may be negligent for failing to properly assess the patient’s suicide risk. The following are factors that may be precursor to a malpractice lawsuit:

  • Failure to learn about and document prior suicide attempts or feelings of hopelessness and anxiety.
  • Failing to take into account input from the patient’s family.
  • Failing to take into account the patient’s behavior prior to discharge from the hospital.
  • Failing to properly assess a patient for suicide.
  • Failing to protect a patient from suicide.

Healthcare provider’s duty to protect the patient

Suicide is difficult to predict, but prediction is never the issue. Foreseeability is the issue. Psychiatrists have a duty to protect a patient by properly assessing the suicide risk. Reasonable precautions, such as appropriate frequent monitoring of the patient, need to be taken after the risk is identified.

A doctor should document signs of improvement before discharging the patient. Too often, patients are discharged simply because their insurance no longer pays for their care.

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