Q: My daughters father took his own life, he was severely bipolar. His doctor was trying a new med knowing he was suicidal.

He would need to be hospitalized from time to time due to manic episodes. Normally, he was not suicidal & in fact, very happy. Episodes of depression would always follow, every time his doctor would put him on a new medication and this time he told his doctor that he was severely depressed and feeling suicidal, they put him on Zoloft and gave him an appointment for a month away to follow up. Is there anything I can do to hold them responsible?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm very sorry for your loss. A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Such a case could be difficult because today's mental health-related pharmaceuticals carry warnings that are a mile long. As a starting point, you could contact a med mal attorney in Massachusetts. Most give free initial consults in evaluating a matter to determine whether it has the merits for a case. If they see the possible grounds for a case, they could request the records and review them with a psychiatrist or other medical professional. With sympathy, good luck

Tim Akpinar

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