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You can sue for being wrongfully committed involuntarily. To be involuntarily committed under the Baker Act, the individual must have a mental illness as defined in the Act, and also be a danger to himself or others.
You can sue if the commitment was wrongful, you can sue the hospital or the physician if you were committed by a physician. The issue is that the physician has to exercise independent discretion... so you would basically have to show that the physician was reckless or negligent in his diagnosis. It is a heavy burden to overcome. It would be a medical malpractice case.
If you were committed by a judge, your remedies are very limited. You can't really sue then, you would have to file a disciplinary complaint with the Bar Association.