As a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional, it is your duty to treat patients with respect, provide them with proper care, and keep them out of harm's way. A good portion of these people abide by their professional codes of conduct, but there are still some that fail to fulfill their obligations and offer an outlet for patients to keep themselves and their families intact. These are the ones that cause their patients and those dear to them pain and anguish.
Patients seeking mental help are typically unstable and vulnerable, and put their faith in the professional to be that pillar of support that gets them through the day, week, or month. When a mental health professional does not live up to reasonable industry standards and compromises the safety of a patient, the service provider can be held liable for medical malpractice.
Keys to a determining a case of malpractice
In order to build a psychiatric malpractice case, you must be able to differentiate between being treated poorly and suffering due to malpractice, although they often go hand-in-hand. In order to accumulate enough evidence that psychiatric malpractice has occurred, the following four traits need to be clear:
Types of psychiatric malpractice
Some of the most common examples of psychiatric malpractice include:
Preventing death in suicidal patients
Mental health professionals assume the responsibility of maintaining a patient's well-being for the sake of themselves and their families. This entails responding promptly in the event that the patient has become a threat to the general public or is contemplating suicide. If the provider does not react appropriately to the patient's current state of mind, they can be blamed if that patient carries out any harmful or violent acts.
If you have a family member who committed suicide while under the guidance of a mental health professional, and you suspect that this person's behavior could've been prevented, contact a medical malpractice lawyer for more on your right to take legal action.
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