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Monday, January 13, 2014

Can a Psychiatrist Commit Medical Malpractice?

The short answer to the question in the title of this post is: absolutely.

We tend to think of medical malpractice in terms of traditional medical doctors and botched surgical procedures or diagnoses. However, all medical professionals have obligations to their patients. And the medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Firm understand that these applies to those working in the mental health field.

Psychiatric malpractice can be difficult to prove; after all, the effects are usually psychological and emotional, not physical. However, our medical malpractice lawyers know the damage is no less real.
You have a right to expect fair and effective treatment from a mental health professional. You put your trust in them. A betrayal of that trust is unacceptable.

Forms of psychiatric malpractice include:

·         Violations of patient-doctor confidentiality
·         Sexual contact
·         Abuse of confidential information, such as for coercive purposes
·         The prescribing of harmful medication

This is obviously far from an exhaustive list. The best way to determine if you have a viable claim for psychiatric malpractice is to speak with our medical malpractice lawyers immediately and share your story.

If you've been hurt by a negligent or abusive mental health professional and need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.

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