If someone you love has taken his or her life, it may be a result of a medical professional’s failure to diligently diagnose or report a medical issue. An experienced attorney can assist you in seeking justice against a medical professional for his or her delay in reporting or properly evaluating the condition.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the data, males are four times more likely to take their life than females, accounting for 77 percent suicides in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most suicides involve those with a history of mental illness, substance abuse, or prior history of attempted suicide.
While suicides may occur in a number of places, it may also happen in an inpatient facility or a hospital. Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional fails to identify a patient’s state of mind as well as his or her risk of harm to themselves and does not provide adequate treatment. In legal terms, a medical professional fails to provide the same standard of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional under similar circumstances would have provided.
In most instances involving the risk of self-harm to a patient, a medical professional should have performed an adequate suicide risk assessment. In addition, most medical professionals also factor in a person’s age, history of substance abuse or prior incidents of attempted suicide, family or marital troubles, and custody issues. If a doctor fails to appropriately evaluate a patient, this may result in a patient taking his or her life, because the proper treatment plan would not have been provided to the patient. Ultimately, this failure may amount to a claim for medical malpractice against the physician.
If your loved one was a victim of suicide while under the care of a medical professional, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice and personal injury attorney that may fight for the justice you and your family deserve. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers who will fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. Please contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.