A psychiatric malpractice suit filed for wrongful death of an inmate will pursue against a county and psychiatrist. An inmate committed suicide after his psychiatrist ordered “close watch” of his patient by the prison employees because he recognized the inmate had suicidal tendencies. However, the psychiatrist did not realize “close watch” did not mean “continuous watch” in prison terms and thus the patient was left alone for a period of 15 minutes when he was able to commit suicide. A judge allowed the deceased’s medical malpractice claims to proceed.
Read more about the psychiatric malpractice case here.