Psychiatric malpractice is a form of mental health malpractice that can severely impact patients and their loved ones. Patients may be injured, physically or mentally. Suicide, including suicide in facilities such as inpatient units, continues to be a leading cause of death. Teenagers, especially from minority groups, are also at a high risk of suicide and cases continue to flood the headlines. Psychiatrists are trusted to help the troubled, not further existing harm or trauma. Thankfully, with the proper attorney, justice can be pursued.
Common types of psychiatric malpractice
Psychiatric care is one facet of mental health, alongside counseling and therapy. Focusing on the brain as an ill organ, these professionals seek to diagnose and alleviate the symptoms or effects of disorders and syndromes that may be negatively affecting a patient's life. However, lapses in care may occur. Common types include, but are not limited to:
- Side effects of drugs that result in physical injury (loss of balance, fainting spells that cause falls)
- Threats and abuse
- Intimate relationship with a patient (who may not be mentally capable to consent)
- Violating HIPPA, sharing the patient's information without their consent
- Failure to diagnose a condition, or misdiagnosis
- Prescribing multiple drugs that can interact dangerously with each other
- Failing to prevent a suicide
- Failure to provide a proper suicide analysis
Many of these errors, including abuse of the patient, can end with patient suicide or a severe medical error that will affect the brain. Attorney Joseph F. Brown seeks to hold negligent parties accountable for the trauma and adverse effects on a patient's mental and physical health that they've caused. Contact us now; you deserve compensation from the effects of malpractice.
Do you have a case? We can help
In order to properly present a psychiatric malpractice case, it must meet set criteria. Similar to malpractice affecting the patient's physical health, several circumstances must be established:
- An existing, proven patient-doctor relationship
- Proof of negligence or malpractice
- An injury (physical or mental) which can be proven to exist
- Proof that the patient's malady or injury was directly linked to said malpractice
Our firm doesn't stop fighting for your case until we get results, and you don't owe us a penny unless we resolve your claim successfully. We know how the brain functions, and we know that a sick patient deserves proper care. We've spent years representing the ill and injured, and are ready to evaluate your case at no charge to you. When you contact us, you're contacting a lawyer who is invested in the welfare of patients.