When a loved one is hospitalized due to mental illness or instability, or because they threaten to harm themselves or others, it is the hospital’s and the treating medical professionals’ duty to not only keep that patient under their care, but also to protect them from self-inflicted harm while under their care. If your loved one committed suicide after being hospitalized and subsequently released, our Pennsylvania suicide lawyers can help. Fill out the form on the right or call 1-800-444-5309 now to get a free consultation and find out how our wrongful death lawyers can help you after this tragic loss.
Voluntary commitment, also known as a 201, regards any individual that has requested to be hospitalized due to fear of self-inflicted harm or harm to others. When voluntarily committed the individual must request to leave 72 hours prior to leaving the facility. If that individual leaves it is the duty of the hospital and/or the medical professional treating him or her to notify the family and/or guardian of any potential risk he or she may have on themselves or others.
If the individual has no one watching over them and/or the hospital or treating physician feels that this individual poses too high a risk to be released it is their duty to keep the individual under their care to protect that individual and others. In this case a 302, or involuntary commitment, is put into place. The hospital is to again, keep the patient under their care and protect them from self-inflicted harm while under their care.
A person can also be involuntarily committed without medical professionals stepping in. If a friend, family member, police officer, or EMT feels a person is danger to themselves or others they can involuntarily commit that person.
Under these laws it is possible for a doctor, psychiatrist or any other health care professional and/or trained counselor to be held liable for someone’s suicide or harm to another individual. If the medical professionals treating your loved one during their time of mental instability did not hold him or her in the facility, or did not properly monitor him or her during their stay and your loved one committed suicide The Pisanchyn Law Firm’s suicide attorneys may be able to get you compensated for the negligence of those health care professionals.
Our PA Suicide Lawyers Can Help
The wrongful suicide attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm will take the proper measures to get you the compensation and justice you and your loved one deserve. Our services to you are free until we win your case and even then you will never pay us out of your own pocket; we only pay you the money you deserve.
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