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Psychiatric malpractice might be due
Psychiatrists treat a multitude of mental conditions from ADHD to Schizophrenia. As trusted medical professionals whose work brings them in contact with people who might be in vulnerable or dangerous situations or mental states, they have a great responsibility. Psychiatric malpractice might be due to misdiagnosis, or misconduct in the form of neglect or abuse.
Misdiagnosis of Psychiatric Conditions
The misdiagnosis of psychiatric conditions is common, for example bi-polar disorder is frequently misdiagnosed as major depression, and dangerous conditions can also be misdiagnosed.
Misdiagnosis might lead negative and traumatic outcomes for patients and those they come into contact with as a result of unnecessary treatment, the lack of necessary treatment, and inappropriate drug regimens.
To increase the reliability of a diagnosis, it is common for multiple clinicians to evaluate the same patient.
Psychiatric neglect or abuse is a serious abuse of power or trust. Psychiatrists and patients often meet in one-to-one settings that require privacy and lead to the intense revelation of personal issues.
Examples of Psychiatric neglect include
Absence of necessary diagnosis
Care and treatment
Examples of abuse include the sharing of private information (that is not mandated by law, for example, in child abuse cases)
Threatening of a patient
And even sexual abuse
Psychiatric malpractice is complex in legal situations
Psychiatric malpractice is complex in legal situations due to the one-to-one nature of the psychiatrist-patient relationship and the privacy that is required. Furthermore, a direct, causative link between the actions or misdiagnosis of a psychiatrist and a negative outcome for a patient must be proven. As a result, cases are often settled for lower amounts than medical malpractice claims.
If you think that you might be the victim of psychiatric malpractice, contact Jovita Kravitz, Esq. today. A free and compassionate consultation will advise you of the legal validity of your case, what actions need to be taken, and what you are rights are. Kravitz Law Group will seek to preserve evidence and represent you with discretion and tenacity, seeking maximum damages for suffering and costs.
Psychiatric Malpractice Lawyer, Tampa
Call Kravitz Law Group today for a free consultation concerning your rights and the legal options for your case.