psychiatric mental malpractice health Georgia

All medical professionals in Georgia must carry out their work with “a reasonable degree of care and skill.” Psychiatric or other mental health care is viewed just like any other medical care under Georgia law. Therefore, negligence by a psychiatrist is considered a form of medical malpractice.

Perhaps more than any other professional relationship, psychiatrists and patients have a close relationship of trust. Moreover, patients receiving psychiatric care are often particularly vulnerable. Because of these factors, psychiatrists have a duty to do everything reasonable to care for their patients, to carefully assess patients for risks, and to never abuse their position of power.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of negligent, abusive, or otherwise improper psychiatric care, it may be possible for you to bring a malpractice suit against them. When psychiatrists or other mental health professionals neglect patients or abuse their positions of power, victims of harm are entitled to compensation.

The attorneys at Williams Elleby, are dedicated to helping victims in these types of cases and have deep knowledge of Georgia medical malpractice law. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at 833-LEGALGA.

Common Types of Mental Healthcare Malpractice

• Improper or dangerous treatment. Like any other doctors, psychiatrists have a duty to order treatments and prescribe medicines safely. It is all too common for psychiatrists to prescribe a drug that is unsafe for a particular patient. Sometimes this is because of a patient’s condition; in other cases, this is because a patient is taking some other drug already that should not be mixed with what the psychiatrist prescribed.

 Treatment without consent. Patients have a right to make informed decisions about their healthcare, and this right extends to psychiatric care. Psychiatrists have a duty to communicate all viable treatment options to their patients.

 Failure to diagnose or prevent harm. Psychiatrists have a duty to assess and monitor any patients that are at-risk of self-harm or of harming others. This duty means that psychiatrists must be attentive and take reasonable steps prevent harm. When malpractice leads to a patient’s suicide, it may be possible for surviving family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

 Abuses of power. Patients often place an enormous amount of trust in their psychiatrist, and unfortunately sometimes psychiatrists abuse this trust. Sexual relationships between psychiatrists and patients are almost always an abuse of power, even if consensual.

• Breach of confidentiality. All information that a psychiatrist learns about a patient is strictly confidential. It can be malpractice if a psychiatrist or any other healthcare professional shares information about a patient’s mental health or treatment without that patient’s consent.

These are just some of the primary types of mental health care malpractice. The journal Psychiatry MMC has identified 20 different ways that psychiatrists can commit malpractice by looking at actual cases. Whatever the facts of a case, the bottom line is that doctors have a duty to treat patients with reasonable care. When this duty isn’t met, victims are entitled to compensation for their harm.

Contact Williams Elleby, to Discuss Your Case Today

If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent treatment by a psychiatrist or other mental healthcare professional, it is imperative that you contact a qualified Georgia medical malpractice attorney to investigate your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. Williams Elleby, helps victims get the compensation they deserve when medical malpractice has been committed. Call medical malpractice attorneys at Williams Elleby, today to schedule a free consultation at 833-LEGALGA.

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