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We turn to psychiatrists when going through the most depressing, traumatizing, or confusing periods in our life, but we certainly never expect to become a victim of psychiatrist’s neglect or abuse. Unfortunately, this is the scenario that happens to many people suffering from emotional trauma or mental illness in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S. Instead of getting professional help, they end up feeling worse than before the psychiatric treatment or may even attempt to commit suicide. And it’s all due to psychiatric malpractice.

The vast majority of Americans are familiar with the legal concept of “medical malpractice,” but only a few of them realize that “psychiatric malpractice” falls under the umbrella of that legal doctrine as well. In other words, your psychiatrist can be sued for providing you with care or treatment that was below the accepted standard of care just like any other doctor, physician, nurse, or surgeon.

Why psychiatric malpractice is a big deal

Just because a psychiatrist deals with emotional, mental, and psychiatric “injuries” and illnesses does not mean that he or she cannot be held responsible for causing additional harm or otherwise failing to adhere to the highest standard of care. Time and time again, our Philadelphia psychiatric malpractice attorney from The Weitz Firm, LLC, has received phone calls from people complaining about become a victim of their psychiatrist’s neglect or abuse.

Neglect, abuse or any other form of malpractice, negligence, or carelessness on the part of a psychiatrist can do much more damage than being neglected or abused by a stranger. A psychiatrist is not a stranger. Your psychiatrist is the very person from whom you are expecting to get the answers that help you make sense of things. But instead, his or her violation of that trust and bond between you causes a tremendous amount of emotional and mental harm.

The effect of psychiatrist’s neglect or abuse of a patient

When a psychiatrist neglects or abuses his or her patient, that abuse of trust turns out to be very traumatic and can cause long-term emotional, mental, and psychological trauma. Let’s also not forget the fact that people who seek help from psychiatrists are emotionally vulnerable or even mentally unstable, which means they need a very specific and careful approach to treating their medical condition.

Unfortunately, there are many psychiatrists in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania who fail to provide treatment that meets the accepted standard of care. As a result, their patients become victims of psychiatric malpractice. Luckily, by having an experienced psychiatric malpractice attorney Philadelphia by your side, you may be able to seek compensation by suing your negligent or careless psychiatrist.

Common examples of psychiatric malpractice

Let’s review some of the most common examples of psychiatric malpractice that makes the psychiatrist liable for any damages or losses incurred by the patient as a result of the psychiatrist’s negligent acts or omission to act.

These are some of the most common types of psychiatric malpractice in Pennsylvania:

  • Abusing knowledge or power (e.g. by using a patronizing tone when communicating with the patient, which can only worsen the patient’s depression, anxiety, or other condition);
  • Revealing details of the patient’s condition to third parties without patient consent;
  • Threatening the patient;
  • Failing to recognize symptoms of suicidal behavior or any other dangerous condition;
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage to treat the patient’s mental, emotional, or psychological condition;
  • Prescribing harmful psychiatric or antipsychotic medication;
  • Failing to properly supervise patients with signs of suicidal behavior;
  • Ordering a patient to be sent to a mental health facility when it is not necessary;
  • Physically abusing the patient;
  • Neglecting or abusing the patient in any other manner;
  • Humiliating the patient;
  • Holding down or restraining the patient;
  • Having sex or engaging in a romantic relationship with the patient;
  • Sexually abusing or raping the patient;
  • Failing to properly diagnose a mental illness; and
  • Failing to obtain consent for treatment.

This is a non-exclusive list of examples of psychiatric malpractice that can happen to anyone. If you suspect psychiatric malpractice because your emotional health or mental stability worsened after psychiatric treatment, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against your psychiatrist.

Schedule a free consultation with our Philadelphia psychiatric malpractice lawyer from The Weitz Firm, LLC, to evaluate the extent of damage caused by your psychiatrist and find out your options to seek compensation. Call our offices at 267-587-6240 today.

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