Mental health issues can tear apart families and be a source of stress and pain. But the pain is multiplied a million fold when a family member who has been committed to a mental hospital is injured or killed due to negligence or malpractice. Once a family places trust in a caretaking facility, they expect a high standard of care to be practiced with regard to the patient in question. Unfortunately, experts estimate that nearly 80,000 people each year die due to medical malpractice; many of these are patients who have been hospitalized in psychiatric facilities.
The Dangerous Actions of Mental Hospital Workers
Caretakers can forget their obligations of care when dealing with patients who are mentally ill due to societal stigma and the often slow progress of such patients. Improper physical restraints can be used out of a misunderstanding of the patient’s condition and treatment, causing asphyxiation or serious injury. However, negligent behavior, psychiatric hospital injuries or substandard care are unacceptable and intolerable and can result in a worsening in the patient’s condition or, even worse, death.
It’s advisable to work closely with a lawyer if you suspect mental hospital abuse or malpractice. Due to complex state legal issues such as statute of limitations, licensing laws and standard of care, it can be hard to determine who is responsible for neglectful or malpractice treatment and the investigation of such cases can be complex and difficult. A mental hospital malpractice attorney has experience not only in the criminal and civil court systems, but in investigating a facility’s practices, procedures and history. This investigation can yield sensitive information that can aid a victim’s family as they seek to obtain justice on the victim’s behalf.
Finding Justice After a Loved One’s Death
Due to the varied and often confusing nature of mental health facility malpractice, no two cases are the same. However, every case deserves one-on-one attention, skilled legal strategy and aggressive representation in court. Attorney Steven H. Heisler has devoted his entire legal practice to helping injury victims and their families obtain justice and compensation for their injuries. He has the expertise and skills necessarily to bring negligent mental health facilities to justice and to protect the legal rights of victims whose lives have been disrupted not only by mental illness, but by substandard care and mental hospital injuries.
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