In order to properly treat mental illness, it must first be regarded with as much validity and respect as any other illness. A patient in the throes of a manic state is as sick as one with the flu, and therefore has the same rights. Psychiatrists are entrusted with treating the mental health of a patient through medication and therapy. However, they do not always know best, and a patient may end up worse for wear. Some common forms of psychiatric malpractice include:
- Prescribing for an improper diagnosis/wrong diagnosis and medication error
- Creating false memories
- Failing to obtain informed patient consent
- Failing to take a proper suicide risk assessment
- Forming a sexual relationship with the patient (who may be mentally unable to consent)
There are numerous reasons for these lapses in care to occur, as well as numerous reasons for them to be brought to court. In order to have a solid malpractice case, there are four criteria that must be met:
- Proof of a doctor-patient relationship
- Proof of the doctor's breach of care
- Proof of patient mental or physical injury
- A link between proven negligence and patient injury
If you've been the victim of psychiatric malpractice, you need a skilled and knowledgeable on your side. You need attorney Joseph F. Brown. Contact us today for a free case evaluation, and the peace of mind that we don't stop searching for your justice until we get answers.
People suffering from mental conditions are frequently sent to inpatient care facilities. Inpatient care is meant to stabilize a patient in order to rehabilitate them, or provide emergency treatment so a more independent and healthy lifestyle can be achieved and benefit the patient. However, injuries in inpatient care do occur, including the following:
- Suicide or self-harm
- Medication errors
Our firm understands how traumatic mental health emergencies can be, and how much we may worry about the health of our loved ones. If you, or someone close to you has been injured while in inpatient care, you should contact us to have your potential case evaluated at no charge to you. Patients and victims deserve a voice and a compassionate ear, and we offer just that where the healthcare system has failed to.
You deserve justice
Our law firm knows that mental health malpractice can have devastating effects on the patient, their family, and their friends. Financial, physical, and emotional burdens can easily be suffered by loved ones who deserve compensation for the pain they've endured. Mental health is a part of our health that deserves upkeep and attention, as well as proper care. We know Idaho's laws concerning mental health malpractice, and we know how the insurance companies and providers work to keep compensation away from the suffering parties.
Contact us for a free case evaluation if you have been victimized by the mental healthcare system. We can lay out your legal options, and help you regain your quality of life and the dignity you've lost.