On any given day, over 98 people die by suicide. So fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or co-workers take their lives. Also, some of these friends or family member’s deaths, approximately 5 or 6 per day, occur in a hospital.
Furthermore, some are from the patient getting discharged prematurely. So they got released while still at risk of committing suicide.
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Suicide statistics are alarming. Also, in 2011, the National Institute of Mental Health report shows alarming statistics. More than 90% of Americans killed, suffered from treatable forms of mental illness.
Also, sometimes, it is due to a substance abuse disorder. Hence, thousands of suicide victims could be alive today if they had proper treatment, competent care, and protection.
So before treatment, the mental health provider will need to assess the person’s condition. The physician must detect if there is a mental issue or suicidal tendency. Also, this needs to get done before the individual reaches a point of desperation.
So it must get diagnosed before they attempt or succeed with this act. Otherwise, family and friends of a loved one referred for psychiatric care believe he is safe from suicide.
But this is not true! Loved ones are not always safe after getting diagnosed. Many licensed mental health professionals don’t get properly trained. So they don’t have any professional skills in assessing, detecting, treatment. Thus, they are not qualified to protect a suicidal patient or individual.
In 2001, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Strategy for Suicide Prevention made alarming findings. They thought it was necessary for improved training and education. Also, the Institute of Medicine agreed with this in 2002.
In 2003, the President’s New Freedom Commission made the same finding. They said education in recognition and treatment for suicidal behavior must improve.
Health care providers have mostly ignored their recommendations. Because of this, recommendations made nearly a decade ago go unheeded. Sadly, psychiatric hospitals and clinicians have expert training available to them. But it is not getting taken advantage of by most mental health professionals. Usually, providers like hospital CEO’s think the odds of patients committing suicide are small. In my opinion, this puts profits over people.
But the hospital and the clinician are both well insured. So this means the insurance company will provide an expert team of litigation lawyers. Because of this, the tactic these expert lawyers will use will blame the suicide victim.
Also, in some cases, even their family. If the household does win a judgment or settlement, the insurance company will pay. Thus, the hospital or mental health professional will continue treating patients.
But they will do so without seeking suicide prevention training. Last, it is time-consuming. So it appears it takes them away from patients they can bill.
Communities and families seem to believe many falsities. They appear to think that once a loved one gets seen at a hospital emergency room, a mental health center, things are good. But getting counseling at a psychiatric or mental health facility isn’t a silver bullet. Without proper training, the loved one, or the citizen isn’t safe.
Why is this wrong thinking? Mental health professionals and hospital organizations have been resistant to the enforcement of safety rules. So suicidal patients remain at risk. They reason that it is expensive to enforce safety regulations.
Hence, it will cost both training and time. So the only way that families can make this change after losing a loved one or their loved one is in jeopardy is a lawsuit.
Thus, if the mental health community won’t protect suicidal patients, it’s up to families and communities. So we need to hold them responsible. So using the judicial system and obtaining justice is the only way. Thus, loved ones or fellow citizens are at risk, and this type of dangerous care continues.
The jury represents the community. Hence, juries ensure families get protected from negligent clinicians and substandard psychiatric hospital care. Because of this, these fact finders also look at the lack of proper safety measures.
Hence, when a loved one commits suicide, it is emotionally devastating. Also, more could have gotten done, the family often believes. So they feel guilt, after the initial shock and the pain of the needless loss.
Also, the spouse, children, parents, siblings, and close friends suffer from this tragedy. So they may have taken the steps if they thought it would help. But some of these people take their lives under the care of mental health professionals. Often these are professionals who failed to meet the standard of care for this patient.
Medical professionals have a duty to care for mentally ill patients. So most suicides are preventable when the proper attention and safety steps get taken. Thus, medical professionals should get trained to reduce the risks of death of patients they treat. So this is why it is troubling that most mental health professionals do not have this training.
Ehline Law Firm attorneys remain committed to suicide prevention. Also, they are experts at assisting the family that suffers this kind of tragedy. The only way it is possible to reduce deaths is to hold the health professionals accountable. Last, this can get done with a suicide malpractice lawsuit, which can stop these deaths.
Ehline Law Firm represents the families of inpatient suicides. Also, many of these were at mental health facilities. So Ehline helps with cases involving other types of mental health malpractice cases. Our attorneys have the dedication to defending the family and their loved one’s rights. So we go the extra mile to help them find the proper mental health care and safety.
Primary care physicians may understand some of the disorders that get linked to suicide. But they usually do not have the training to deal with suicidal patients. Hence, hospitals and clinic staff typically do not have the proper training.
Thus, their skills are not adequate for handling these types of patients. On top of this, health care workers in facilities often make low wages and get asked to work long shifts.
Sometimes they get forced to take on tasks for which they don’t have training. Also, many have little or no experience. So these health care professionals mean well. But without the proper training, their intentions are not enough.
The person with mental health issues and their family deserve appropriate and adequate mental health care. These experts include the private practice professional, hospital, or mental health facility.
Sometimes a patient does not receive the proper treatment by a mental health professional. So they can take their life in these cases. Hence, this death can easily be due to psychiatric negligence. Also, in an inpatient facility, this could be due to a healthcare worker.
He or she may have failed to check on the suicidal patient’s well-being. Hence, losing a loved one to suicide requires a skilled and experienced attorney. Furthermore, they need an experienced injury lawyer. Someone who will assist them in holding negligent parties responsible is vital.
Attorney Michael Ehline wants mental health care professionals to provide safety standards. Preventing families from feeling the devastation of suicide is his mission without the threat of getting held accountable. Hence, litigation is the way to enforce a standard of care.
Thus, hospitals may needlessly endanger these types of patients or clinicians. Consequently, they have a reputation for taking shortcuts. Hence, they are putting their patients at risk of committing suicide.
Ehline Law Firm remains dedicated to providing the best representation for people with mental health conditions. Also, they fight hard for their families in all counties and cities in California.
Contact Ehline Law Firm Los Angeles for a free consultation. You can reach them toll-free at (888) 400-9721. For faster service, fill out our online contact form. Our committed lawyers assist the mentally ill and their families.