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Patient Suicide

Suicide Is a Form of Medical Malpractice

We rely on medical professionals to protect the health and wellbeing of the people we love and care about. This includes recognizing and addressing any warning signs that an individual displays that may indicate they are considering suicide. When these warning signs go unaddressed, it can lead to an individual taking his or her own life. These signs can be hard for a regular person to recognize, which is why people who suffer from depression go to see psychologists and doctors about their disorder. If your loved one committed suicide while under the care or supervision of a medical professional, you may have a medical malpractice or negligence case on your hands. Contact a Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney from our firm today to discuss the case and see what your options are.

In addition to warning signs of suicide, certain medications can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. It is the duty of a doctor to know the risks associated with all drugs before prescribing them to a patient, as well as monitoring how the drugs affect their patient. Certain anti-depressants can actually have the opposite of their intended effect, especially on younger patients. If the prescription medication that a patient was on contributed to their suicide, this may be grounds for a wrongful death claim. The medications in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's), which are now coming under scrutiny of the FDA because of this possible contribution to suicide in young patients.

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Suicide malpractice cases can be hard to prove, but an experienced attorney from Bostwick & Peterson LLP can help you with your claim. We have over 60 years of combined experience and have helped our clients win over $500 million in settlements and judgments throughout the years. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, monetary restitution can help you pay for the medical bills and final expenses that you may have been left with. Hiring an experienced attorney from our firm can help you with your case, and together we may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact a Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney from our firm today if you have lost a loved one to suicide as a result of medical negligence.

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