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ARTICLE ID 194581

– Medical Malpractice – Psychiatry – Plaintiff contended that the defendant failed to property manage his medication during an involuntary hospitalization – Emotional distress alleged

Plymouth County, MA

In this medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff patient alleged that the defendant psychiatrist was negligent in failing to properly manage his medication during an involuntary psychiatric commitment. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered emotional distress as a result of the defendant’s negligence. The defendant denied any wrongdoing, and maintained that there was no deviation from acceptable standards of care.

The 44-year-old male plaintiff came under the care of the defendant following his attempted suicide by ingestion of an overdose of Oxycontin. The plaintiff was placed on a three-day involuntary psychiatric hold by the defendant. During this period of time, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent in failing to properly monitor the plaintiff’s medication, and failed to obtain a second opinion of his psychiatric condition. The plaintiff supported that during his compromised period of mental health, the defendant also attempted to obtain monies from the plaintiff for a research project that the defendant was performing. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant alleging medical malpractice in the defendant’s care of the plaintiff during this period of time. The plaintiff alleged that he suffered emotional distress as a result of the defendant’s action during this period of hospitalization.

The defendant denied the allegations, and stated that there was no deviation from acceptable standards of care. The defendant argued that he did not cause the alleged emotional distress that the plaintiff alleged in his pleadings.

The matter proceeded to trial.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff. No damages were awarded.

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