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Medical malpractice suit alleges failure to act led to suicide

When it comes to health, be it physical or mental, an accurate and timely diagnosis can make all the difference. Families in Washington, D.C., rely on health care providers to use professional medical judgment and training to keep them safe and healthy. In another state, unfortunately, an apparent lapse in medical judgment has led one family to file a medical malpractice suit against the hospital where their son was treated after doctors' failure to act ended with suicide.

Prior to being seen at the hospital, the now-deceased individual had been prescribed medication by a doctor – also named in the lawsuit – who apparently also failed to correctly evaluate the 33-year-old's deteriorating mental condition. In mid-July 2015, the man called emergency services to report persistent suicidal thoughts. He was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he said during a psychiatric evaluation that he had been seriously contemplating suicide by hanging for weeks.

Inexplicably, hospital staff failed to contact either the man's family or his treating psychiatrist regarding his persistent depression or suicidal plans, according to the complaint. Instead, they discharged him approximately eight hours following his admission. Less than forty-eight hours later, the man's mother discovered him hanging dead in the basement, where he had used an extension cord to commit suicide.

The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on behalf of the man's wife and parents against the hospitals where the man had sought treatment and any relevant associated medical staff. The complaint accuses the defendants of gross negligence for their failure to properly diagnose the suicidal individual and get him the help and treatment he needed, along with their failure to alert his psychiatrist and family of his suicidal thoughts. Anyone in Washington, D.C., or the surrounding area who has lost a loved one due to the diagnostic errors or negligence of a health care professional may similarly benefit from seeking the counsel of an attorney who can help grieving families explore legal options for pursuing justice.

Source: citizensvoice.com, "Late doctor's family sues W-B General", James Halpin, July 20, 2017

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