Case Conclusion Date:June 23, 2011
Practice Area:Wrongful Death
Outcome:Ruled in favor of client, reversing trial court decision.
Description:Holding that a psychiatric facility and its psychiatrists owed a duty of reasonable care to a mentally ill patient. The court held that the duty arises (a) by way of statutes that authorize and, in some cases, require mental health screening, evaluation, and treatment of mentally ill patients, as well as (b) from the existence of any doctor-patient relationship.