When we think about medical negligence and wrongful death, the first incident that often comes to mind is a single event, like a surgery. However, there are lots of ways to receive medical care and treatment, so really, a negligent act could happen anytime and at any point in a person's care from diagnosis to treatment. There are ways to be cared for physically and mentally/emotionally. One woman seeking care for mental health committed suicide and her family claims wrongful death against the hospital.
It's a tragic story that a young woman lost her life to suicide. What's compelling about her case is that she had previously admitted herself to an Ohio mental hospital a few days prior, due to suicidal thoughts. Her mother is alleging that her daughter received inadequate treatment that ultimately led to her death, due to the events the transpired while in a secured ward. According to reports, a terrifying night was had by the woman who was a patient at the facility at the time of the fire.
The nurse on staff claimed he would return for her once he found out what they should do about the fire alarms, according to her family the nurse, however, never came back, according to a lawsuit filed this month against Summa and staff. She was ultimately evacuated safely from the fire, but she was found dead three days later. She died by suicide.
It's sad to hear that a young woman's life is gone too soon. Certainly, it's possible that the hospital could have taken better care of her or treated her after she admitted herself for suicidal thoughts. It seems that just days before taking her own life, she wanted help. That's why her family is seeking wrongful death charges against the care facility.