$950,000 Medical Malpractice

March 25th, 2024 Results

A 23 year old chaperone of Chinese exchange students visiting Manhattan to study film, suddenly started acting aggressively for no apparent reason.  Taken into police custody and then transferred to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, she was discharged in the early morning hours without anyone being notified.  Upon leaving the hospital, she took an Uber to the hotel where she was staying and sadly, this young, beautiful college educated woman, jumped off the hotel’s roof to her death.  The lawsuit was vigorously contested with the defense that the patient had stabilized with no history of prior psychiatric illness, and was well enough to go home.  We thought otherwise and after several depositions including that of the psychiatrist discharging her, the case settled against a municipal hospital in New York County.