Year: 1984 Source: General Hospital Psychiatry, v.6, no.4, (October 1985), p.302-307 SIEC No: 19850694

Psychiatric malpractice is not a common occurrence. However, the suicide of a patient under treatment is an event that may lead to legal action. The author details the basic facts and ideas necessary to an understanding of this phenomenon. The plaintiff must ultimately prove that there was a dereliction of professional duty that led directly to the death. Several cases from the legal literature are presented to illustrate how judges evaluate this type of claim.