Negligent Medical Treatment

Psychiatric Malpractice

The attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, represent clients who were harmed because of the unethical, unprofessional, or simply negligent behavior of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, other mental health professionals, and the hospitals, clinics and health care systems with which they are affiliated.

Results in Psychiatric Malpractice Claims

Our attorneys have won significant verdicts and settlements for injured individuals and for the estates of those who died a wrongful death because of psychiatric malpractice.

We have successfully resolved a wide range of cases involving psychiatric malpractice, including those involving:

  • Sexual abuse: When a mental health professional uses his or her position to sexually abuse or exploit a client, the consequences can last a lifetime. We represent both adult and child victims of psychiatrist misconduct.
  • Medication errors: Psychiatric drugs are powerful medicine. When a psychiatrist fails to prescribe a medication or prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dose, the consequences can be life threatening for the patient and others as well.
  • Suicide cases: Suicides are not uncommon among people suffering from severe mental illness. In examining these cases, we often find that these tragedies could have been prevented if mental health professionals, hospitals, prisons, or other responsible parties had followed established standards of care for assessment of the risk of suicide or violent behavior.
  • Homicide cases: When speaking to a psychiatrist or therapist, a mentally disturbed individual may make threats against another person. Mental health professionals have a duty to notify the police and/or warn potential victims of such threats. If they do not and the targeted person is injured or killed, the mental health professional can be held responsible for damages.
  • Failure to protect the vulnerable: Placing minors or vulnerable adults in residential settings with other residents who are known to be sexual predators or physically violent is a violation of the standard of care.

In addition to failure to properly treat patients and failure to prevent patients from harming themselves or others, psychiatric malpractice cases may involve negligent supervision, abandonment, false imprisonment, breach of privacy, and the infliction of mental, emotional or physical abuse.

If you or a family member was seriously harmed because of psychiatric malpractice, please contact our law firm to arrange a free initial consultation. Our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients injured by the unprofessional conduct of mental health professionals throughout Connecticut.