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Can you sue a psychiatrist for malpractice My 13 year old

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Can you sue a psychiatrist for malpractice? My 13 year old was admitted into Mesa Vista hosptial by us, her parents to treat her mania and depression. The psychiatrist told us her behavior was not a result of being bipolar and that she was ready to come home after only 3 days. He also lied and said that the insurance had only approved her for three days. My husband told him that we didn't want her to come home until her behavior was under control, since safety was an issue. He was very "irritated" and later told her that the reason she wasn't going home after he told her she was discharged was because her dad would not allow her to come home. At the time we were angry and filed grievences but now, only a month later, she is in another facility due to her anger and unmanageable behavior-even on a new medicine with a new psychiatrist. We feel that part of the problem now, in addition to her bipolar, is that she doesn't feel that we love her due to what he told her.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Personal Injury Law
Expert:  Cowgirl Lawyer replied 7 years ago.

Yes, it is generally possible to sue a psychiatrist for malpractice. In order to do so, you must be able to establish that the psychiatrist's treatment fell below the accepted standard of reasonable medical practice (this is the malpractice portion of the claim). And, you must be able to prove that, as a result, significant harm occurred (this is the damages portion of the claim).

The specifics of such a lawsuit depend, of course, on your particular jurisdiction (what state you live in). Many states now have limitations on malpractice claims and such claims may have to pass through various screening processes in order to weed out allegedly frivolous claims.

If you are interested in pursuing a claim against the psychiatrist, you will want to consult with a personal injury lawyer locally who deals with medical malpractice claims. You can expect that if an attorney believes you have a good case, that the attorney will take the case on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay the attorney unless the case is either settled or won after trial.

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