Failure to Diagnose a Psychiatric Condition

When a psychiatrist or psychotherapist misdiagnoses

Often people who undergo psychiatric care are in a very vulnerable state of mind. It is this vulnerability that exposes them to misdiagnosis and malpractice from their therapists. Practitioners are highly trained and, in most cases, properly diagnose and treat patients. When they do not, the results can be devastating to the patient and the patient’s family.

It is the obligation of a psychiatrist to be aware of warning signs and protect their patients’ well–being. Misdiagnosis and mistreatment can lead to anxiety disorders, depression, increased risk of suicide or sexual dysfunction.

Some types of psychiatric malpractice are:

  • Failure to diagnose a patient
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Sexual misconduct with a patient
  • False imprisonment
  • Developing an unethical relationship with a patient
  • Breach of patient confidentiality
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
  • Illegal and unorthodox therapeutic technique

If a loved one has committed suicide while under a therapist’s care or if you are aware of non–standard treatment, an attorney can help you determine if the doctor is liable.

An experienced lawyer can help you determine the facts.

Psychiatric malpractice can lead to serious consequences, and, if those consequences arise from negligent treatment, the patient needs to be compensated as much as possible. Call 612.587.2925 or send an email to talk with a lawyer about your concerns. We represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin.