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When Psychiatrists Do Wrong, They Can Be Held Responsible

Improper treatment by a mental health professional can be every bit as harmful as improper treatment by a surgeon. The brain, like any other vital organ, requires delicate care and should only be treated by professionals. When those professionals fail to uphold the standard of case, patients end up greatly harmed. If you’ve suffered emotional or physical injury, or lost a loved one, due to negligent psychiatric care, you may have grounds for a malpractice claim.

Grant Law Office has been representing Georgia clients for over 30 years. We have experience in Atlanta psychiatric malpractice cases. For a free consultation, call (404) 995-3955.

Please note that Grant Law Office does not handle claims involving 1013 admissions, including trying to prevent them, challenge them, or trying to get an early release of someone admitted to a facility pursuant to a 1013.

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What Constitutes Psychiatric Malpractice?

Psychiatric or psychological malpractice can occur in many ways. The following is a list of some of the more common behaviors that could be seen as malpractice:

  • Failure to make a proper suicide risk assessment
  • Failure to prevent a patient’s suicide
  • Failure to diagnose or notice a harmful condition
  • Improper diagnosis
  • Improper treatment of a condition
  • Prescribing an improper medication for a condition
  • Having a sexual relationship with a patient
  • Failure to warn third parties of threats made by patients
  • Implanting false memories
  • Sharing confidential information about a patient without the patient’s consent
  • Prescribing psychotropic medication without going through the informed consent process
  • Threatening a patient
  • Falsifying a patient’s records

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Recent Psychiatric Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements

  • Confidential Settlement – A 16-year-old child was treated by a psychiatrist with a drug combination that led to respiratory arrest and death. The prescriptions greatly exceeded the maximum doses recommended by the drug manufacturers for adults, and their effects on children were unknown. The case settled for a confidential six-figure sum approximately eight months after it was filed.
  • Click here for more verdicts and settlements.

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    Proving Psychiatric Malpractice

    In order to prove psychiatric malpractice has occurred, the following criteria need to be established:

    • There was a doctor-patient relationship (i.e., the psychiatrist or psychologist was actively treating the victim)
    • The doctor breached his or her duty of reasonable care (i.e., the psychiatrist or psychologist was negligent)
    • The patient was physically or mentally injured
    • There was a causal link between the doctor’s negligence and the patient’s injury

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    Why You Need Experienced Legal Representation

    When you file a psychiatric malpractice claim, you won’t be dealing with the doctor directly - you’ll be dealing with his or her insurance company. Insurance companies are businesses, and their goal is to make a profit. They make a profit by denying claims or by offering settlements that are far below what a patient actually deserves. A skilled medical malpractice attorney with experience in psychiatric malpractice claims won’t let this happen to you.

    Our legal team at Grant Law Office cares about clients’ present and future welfare, and will fight to get you the best verdict or settlement possible. For a free case evaluation with an Atlanta psychiatric malpractice attorney, call (404) 995-3955.

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    We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
    and you pay nothing unless we prevail.

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