Psychiatrists, like all doctors and health care providers, have an obligation to provide patients with a certain standard of care. The failure to provide the appropriate mental medical treatment may amount to psychiatric malpractice, which is a type of medical malpractice.
Many cases of psychiatric medical malpractice are never reported because the victims are already emotionally unstable or uncertain of their own mental condition. Patients may find that their complaints about psychiatric malpractice are dismissed as paranoia or exaggeration of circumstances. Sometimes even family members fail to listen when you tell them your concerns.
But if you feel you have been the victim of psychiatric medical malpractice you should meet with an attorney immediately to help determine the validity of your case. At Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind, we may recommend that you meet with one of our trusted associated psychiatric specialists who can evaluate the extent of damage caused by your psychiatrist or help you evaluate your own circumstances.
We work with individuals who have suffered from a psychiatrist:
Abusing knowledge or power
Sharing information without patient consent
Threatening the patient
Failing to notice or diagnose a dangerous condition
Prescription of incorrect or harmful psychiatric medication
Under no circumstances should you feel that your psychiatrist has the right to treat you without respect or care. Every medical professional has a responsibility toward his or her patients and takes an oath to bring no harm, physically, mentally or emotionally, to patients. Your treatment at every step should be designed to help your condition improve and should be confidential.
If you have suffered negligence or mistreatment at the hands of a psychiatrist or psychiatric staff member, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately. He or she can help you take the appropriate steps toward the compensation and justice that you deserve as a victim of an inexcusable type of medical malpractice.
Besides bringing forth a psychiatric malpractice lawsuit, there are some other actions that may be taken as well against an offending psychiatrist. Filing a complaint with the psychiatrist’s employer, filing an ethics complaint with the review board or filing a human rights complaint are other actions that can be taken either in lieu of or in addition to a psychiatric malpractice lawsuit.
Please contact Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind today to meet with an attorney and confidentially discuss the details of your case. We can help individuals like you find help after psychiatric abuse and neglect.