Medical Malpractice & Suicide
There are clear warning signs when an individual suffers from suicidal
tendencies. In such cases, it is the responsibility of a medical provider
to act in any way necessary to prevent the patient from harming him or
herself. When a physician does not provide requisite care that would prevent
the individual from harm, the physician may be guilty of
Additionally, suicide has recently been linked to a class of drugs designed
to treat clinical depression. These medications are selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Unfortunately, these drugs may have the opposite
effect, especially in adolescent patients. Recently, SSRIs have been the
subject of scrutiny by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and by
private physicians for their possible to link to suicide among patients.
It has been proven that these drugs can, when administered or prescribed
incorrectly, lead to suicidal tendencies among a patient that result in
the patient taking his or her own life. The brand names of the most commonly
prescribed SSRI drugs in America are Paxil® and Prozac®.
The Duty of Medical Providers
Medical professionals often see signs of suicide in patients and it is
their medical duty to act on that knowledge. Whether it is a direct statement
from a patient or symptoms noticed in an appointment, medical staff owes
the patient, and their families, a duty of care to report and prevent
possible suicide. Failing to notice obvious symptoms or neglecting to
act on direct reports must be addressed in a lawsuit filed against the
negligent medical professional. A caring and knowledgeable member of our
firm can help you file a medical malpractice suit if you believe the suicide
of your loved one could have been prevented by a medical provider.
Strong Advocacy for Victims
Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, strives to provide all the necessary legal tools to support you during
this tough time. The pain and suffering you have been forced to endure
should be compensated by the negligent party. We place such a large amount
of trust in our medical professionals and it is their duty to provide
their patients with correct diagnoses and to act on noticed symptoms.
Filing a claim can be very hard if you have just experienced a traumatic
event. We can help you collect all the evidence needed to file a claim
against the negligent doctor. You deserve to be compensated for your loss
when the danger of suicide was present and nothing was done to prevent it.