Earlier this week two of our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers filed a wrongful death complaint on behalf of a local family whose son committed suicide in Silver Cross Hospital’s psychiatric unit. The case stems from the tragic passing of twenty-three year Jason Frame-a former New Lenox resident. Chicago medical malpractice attorneys Steven M. Levin & Michael F. Bonamarte will represent the family.
In late November of last year Jason admitted himself into the psychiatric unit at Silver Cross Hospital. Attorney Levin explains that at that time “Jason exhibited signs of delusions, hallucination, paranoia, and agitation.” He had clearly expressed suicidal ideations, and so it would have been appropriate for him to be placed on close watch with proper monitoring to ensure his safety. Unfortunately, it does not seem that the necessary care was provided to Jason at his time of vulnerability. Two days after his arrival at the facility Jason hung himself in the bathroom with a hospital gown.
Jason attended Columbia College and was a graduate of Crete-Monee High School in the south suburbs. He had musical talents and was known as a songwriter and gifted musician. He played the guitar, piano keyboard, bass, and drums. He even had his own recording studio. Jason performed at many local events and donated his time to help others learn and discover music.
His passing was a tremendous loss.
This tragic case represents the consequences of medical caregivers who fail to act reasonably when dealing with particularly vulnerable patients. Jason’s parents have explained that they were relieved when he first admitted himself into the facility, because, as any family would in a similar situation, they assumed that he would be better protected under the care of psychiatric professionals. As Jason’s father, Orville Frame made clear, “We trusted the staff at Silver Cross to protect him from himself, so we were devastated to learn that they left Jason alone with the tools needed to take his own life.”
The complaint in this case was filed with the Circuit Court of Will County. It includes allegations of inadequate care being provided by the hospital staff which contributed to Jason’s suicide. Psychiatric malpractice may be less common than other forms of medical malpractice, but, as this case makes clear, the consequences can be just as severe. It is incumbent upon all medical practitioners, from surgeons and nurses to psychiatrists and other medical staff, to act reasonably at all times in their professional capacity.
The Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at our firm are proud to help community members like the Frame family who have suffered unimaginable loss as a result of the misconduct of professionals upon whom they thought they could rely. The need to prevent future harm lies at the heart of this suit. It is imperative that accountability be demanded so that no other family suffers a similar experience of preventable loss. Orville Frame explained, “We took action against Silver Cross to protect other patients, and hope that this will never happen to another family.”
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