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California Psychiatric Malpractice Defense Attorneys Protect Doctors and Staff in Court and Administrative Proceedings

Advocating on behalf of psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and mental health counselors

Mental health issues typically involve the physical body and the mind. Chemical imbalances, hormones, nerve damage, disease, tumors or brain injury can have serious effects on a patient’s emotions, cognitive abilities and state of mind. Conversely, patients may experience physical symptoms from emotional trauma. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may actually manifest in pain, fatigue, headaches and heart palpitations.

For this reason, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and mental health counselors must treat the whole person. Yet, mental health treatment is still an indefinite science with a variety of unknown parameters. A treatment plan might not go as intended, a patient’s body might not respond well to medicines, and the person may not be able to overcome a difficult experience despite the use of reasonable drug and talk therapies.

Medical malpractice defense lawyers at the Los Angeles-area law firm of Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay focus solely on advocating for healthcare providers in Southern California. Our attorneys have 150 years of combined experience in litigation and medical malpractice. You work hard to help your patients move forward with their lives by giving them full attention and professional care. We, in turn, work hard for you.

Claims of prescription errors

Drugs can help patients in some circumstances. One of the important roles of a psychiatrist is to evaluate patients to determine whether prescriptions can help them with their condition. Plaintiffs may claim the doctors made any of the following errors relating to medication:

  • Prescribed incorrect drugs to treat the patient’s medical condition
  • Overprescribed medications
  • Administered a type or dose of drug to a child that is meant for an adult
  • Failed to follow up with mental health counseling
  • Evaluated for side effects and adverse reactions
  • Misdiagnosed the condition and whether pharmaceuticals were appropriate

Being blamed for a patient’s suicide or suicide attempt

Suicide is a complex matter that typically cannot be explained by one factor or one incident. Some patients seem to have no trigger but rather live with severe, lifelong depression that generates suicidal thoughts. Other patients experience a horrible event that appears to be the catalyst. Drugs may also cause patients to consider ending their lives, sometimes seemingly out of the blue. When a patient commits suicide, family members often look for a reason and for somebody to blame. Our lawyers protect you when the accusations turn to the medical professionals who tried to help.

Learn more about your defense options in psychiatric malpractice claims

Discuss your psychiatric malpractice defense with an experienced legal team. Call Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay at 909.476.2662 or contact our law firm online to schedule an appointment. Our office is located near the intersection of I-10 and I-15, only a few minutes away from the Ontario International Airport. We are available to help healthcare providers in Southern California, including in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.