Psychiatric Malpractice Attorneys
Compassionate Legal Representation in Chicago
Although emotional and mental health are not concretely tangible, they are just as important as physical health. The bond between a psychiatrist and their patient is deeply personal and almost sacred. Psychiatrists are privy to an individual’s most intimate thoughts and experiences. They are tasked with helping their patient work through complicated emotions and history to ensure a healthy mental state. However, if a psychiatrist fails to do their job properly or takes advantage of their position, they can cause lasting harm.
At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., we believe that all medical professionals have a duty to uphold their responsibilities to their patients. Negligence and incompetency are unacceptable. If you or a loved one has suffered due to psychiatric malpractice, call our Chicago legal team at (312) 313-0202.
Types of Psychiatric Malpractice
Patients have a right to competent, professional care when they seek treatment for their mental health issues. A psychiatrist takes an oath to uphold codes of ethics and act accordingly to their station. However, inattentive or unscrupulous professionals can harm their patients more than they help them.
Common forms of psychiatric malpractice include:
- Exploitation of doctor-patient relationship
- Improper prescription
- Breach of duties
- Negligence that causes harm
- Third party liability
Patients who are victims of any of these behaviors may have a claim to seek financial restitution and justice. Proper legal representation can ensure that patients are justly compensated for the injustices they’ve experienced.
Ways to Protect Yourself from Psychiatric Malpractice
Although no one anticipates psychiatric malpractice, there are ways in which to protect yourself. These methods include:
- Asking your psychiatrist exactly why they prescribe certain medication and their effects
- Keeping detailed notes and records of each visit with the psychiatrist
- Tracking the different medication and dosage prescribed
- If at an inpatient facility, writing letters detailing your experiences to people you trust
At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our psychiatric malpractice lawyers in Chicago are nationally recognized in the field. We have experience handling complex medical malpractice cases. We have recovered a collective $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We can help our clients understand their legal rights and build a strong case. Our clients’ needs are our top priority.