Is a Failure to Prevent Suicide Medical Malpractice?

Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains How a Failure to Prevent a Suicide Can be Medical Malpractice


Intentions of harming oneself are always sad, especially when it culminates in suicide.  But with the proper medical care and intervention, these feelings can be treated, managed, and prevented.  Healthcare providers across the country are trained to recognize the warning signs, how to ask the proper questions, and what to do when a patient has indicated a willingness to hurt himself or herself.  This includes many hospitals in Minnesota, especially Minneapolis and Saint Paul.


Thus, when patients check into help voluntarily or when their loved ones send them to healthcare providers for help, they expect that the healthcare provider will do their job competently to save a life.  Unfortunately, some healthcare providers fail to keep up with their training, fail to take the time and attention required in these unique cases, and otherwise fail to protect the lives of patients at risk.  When healthcare providers fail to prevent a suicide, victims needs to call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what their rights are and how we can protect them from medical mistakes.  If we accept your case, we will provide a free and thorough investigation to give you the answer you deserve.


Liability in Failure to Prevent Suicide Cases: A Different Type of Medical Malpractice Case


When people think of medical malpractice, they think of what acts the doctor did to hurt a patient such as slipping with a tool or knife, cutting the wrong piece of tissue, or giving the wrong medication.  We think of acts, things that the healthcare provider does.  But what people do not usually realize is medical malpractice can be an omission too, that is what the healthcare provider did not do but should have done.


Thus, in a broad sense the definition of medical malpractice boils down to the negligent acts or omissions of a healthcare provider causing damages to a victim.


But when a patient hurts or kills himself, what did the healthcare provider do to be liable?


In fact, the general rule of negligence and liability provides that no person has a duty to act or omit their conduct to prevent another person from harming themselves.  This makes medical malpractice cases involving a suicide very complicated.


However, where there is a special relationship between parties there could be liability giving rise to medical malpractice.  This special relationship is created when a patient is brought to a healthcare provider with suicidal tendencies and asks for help.  Now the patient is placed into the care and custody of the healthcare provider.  There are certain things that are within the standard of care that a healthcare provider must do.  Where the healthcare provider fails to reasonably protect the patient from harming himself or herself, there could be liability and medical malpractice.


Anytime a Loved One Commits Suicide in the Care and Treatment of a Healthcare Provider, Call a Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a Case Evaluation


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  We will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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