Hospital liability for suicide?
October 8, 2006 2:36 PM Subscribe
Is the hospital liable?
posted by betterton to Law & Government (5 answers total)
A woman named "Sue" is suicidally depressed. So depressed, in fact, that her therapist has her involuntarily committed. Sue is taken to local community hospital. While in the psych ward of the hospital, on suicide watch, Sue hangs herself. She is not found for 10 minutes; at this time she is still alive but has suffered severe brain and organ damage. Sue remains in the ICU for a couple days, brain dead and on a ventilator, and then dies.
Was the hospital negligent? Are they liable for Sue's death?