Patients put a great deal of trust into their psychiatrists. That trust is key to successful treatment. When a psychiatrist fails to live up to that trust, when psychiatric malpractice causes serious injury or death, the doctor needs to be held accountable for the harm done.
Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. As with other medical doctors, they are obligated to meet accepted standards of care. When they do not, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona.
Has a Psychiatrist Caused Injury to You or a Loved One?
When a psychiatrist fails to notice signs of suicide, fails to monitor medications, or releases a patient who could cause harm, that is psychiatric malpractice. A psychiatrist’s patients are often vulnerable, confused, and unable to report problems with their therapy. Types of psychiatric malpractice may include:
- Failure to make an accurate psychiatric diagnosis
- Failure to correctly treat a psychiatric condition
- Failure to do a proper suicide evaluation
- Failure to take appropriate precautions with patients likely to commit suicide or harm themselves or others
- Sexual abuse or misconduct involving a patient
- Failure to prescribe proper medication
- Failure to monitor the patient on medication
- Failure to refer to an appropriate specialist
- Failure to properly supervise a psychologist’s treatment of patients
If You Have Concerns about Psychiatric Malpractice, Contact a Lawyer
It can be difficult to see the signs of psychiatric malpractice, but the damage can be extremely serious—from drug reactions that cause serious injuries to a misdiagnosis that can lead to a patient’s death or to a patient harming other people. If you suspect psychiatric malpractice and the injuries are serious, schedule an appointment with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. The consultation is free.