When to draw the line in a psychiatric malpractice case

The topic of mental health is a sensitive one on its own. Those seeking therapy in Florida generally expect only the highest quality care, with plans of improving areas of concern. Yet when a psychiatrist makes a mistake that leads to emotional--or physical--harm, patients may choose to seek compensation for losses. 

Needless to say, deciding to take legal action when a psychiatrist is guilty of professional malpractice can be an incredibly complex and draining process. This challenge is, of course, placed alongside preexisting mental concerns that should have taken first priority to begin with. Despite how frustrating the process may be, it is important to understand common causes of psychiatric malpractice and other details to make the healthiest decisions and get back to daily life.

The Basics

Psychology Today outlines some of the steps patients must take when establishing a professional malpractice case, first informing readers that determining the difference between malpractice and poor doctoring is crucial. For a successful lawsuit to take place, patients must usually provide proof of the following: a doctor-patient relationship, doctor's negligence, mental or physical harm that occurred as a result and a clear, causal link between negligence and injuries. There are many reasons doctors make missteps in their practices, but each comes with valid concerns. Psychology Today acknowledges that many patients are in vulnerable mental states to begin with, and that anyone who suspects they are a victim of malpractice should take action as soon as possible.

The Steps Toward Prevention

Establishing a malpractice case can often become challenging, but the American Psychological Association makes clear that any filed complaint can come with a harsh hit toward practitioners. Using data from The Trust, the APA adds that, over a 20-year career, 40 percent of psychologists will face a licensing board complaint. When it comes to doctor responsibilities, it is important that all practitioners maintain appropriate ethical behavior, are up-to-date with current licensing boards, establish clear guidelines and keep open windows of communication with clients at all times. 





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