When someone is in the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist, the medical professional is responsible for taking appropriate measures to monitor the patient's safety. Although "appropriate measures" varies from one situation to the next, it is clear when those measures have not been taken.
Unfortunately, in most situations, by the time psychiatric negligence is apparent, it is too late to change the situation. If your loved one committed suicide while under the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible.
At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we understand the emotional nature of situations like this, and we can help you receive the compensation you need. We work with clients in San Antonio and throughout South and Central Texas to establish psychiatrist liability and work to change the care in-patients receive.
Contact an Experienced Texas Psychiatrist Malpractice Attorney
When a person is undergoing in-patient care at a psychiatric ward, there are numerous safeguards that are put in place to his or her well-being. Unfortunately, many of the safeguards that are designed to protect people can be uncoded, allowing mentally ill people to have a good understanding of when they can get away with things.
Most hospitals check on psychiatric patients every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night. However, that is a negligent standard, because it only takes six minutes to commit suicide. Although most facilities do not have clocks, patients learn the rhythm of the doctors and nursing home staff.
If your loved one committed suicide because they were not monitored carefully, or if a clinician failed to diagnose the likelihood of suicidal actions as a result of an antidepressant, we can help you hold them accountable for their actions. We fight aggressively to help our clients receive the compensation they need. Contact us online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.