What type of attorney is skilled with the legal issues of abuse & neglect (civil & constitutional rights violations) of mentally ill patients in locked psychiatric hospital settings where they are involuntarily committed (302) against their will? Facilities that are private as well as non-profit organizations that receive funds from Medicare, Medicaid, and CBH in the state of Pennsylvania. Facilities that are regulated by the The Office of Mental Health, The Joint Commission, CBH, etc.
CIvil rights attorney is one category of attorney who might handle such a case.
Could also be a civil litigation attorney.
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Civil rights lawyers or plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers, depending on the nature of the harm that has been inflicted.
Criminal Defense Attorney
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