Psychiatric Medical Malpractice Case - Patient Suffers Physical and Emotional Injuries From Psychiatrist's Negligence

Physical and Emotional Injuries
Ronald E. Gluck, Esq. - Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C. Boston (For the plaintiff)
May 2014
Case Description:

The plaintiff was an Ivy League school graduate and the mother of a teenage son. She was raising her son while employed by a Boston area non-profit organization. She was also attending a graduate program at a Boston area college until she began to deteriorate emotionally and physically while under the care of the defendant, a Boston psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience.

The plaintiff consulted the psychiatrist for panic and anxiety issues for several years. During this time, the doctor breached the standard of care and overprescribed the patient multiple medications, including anti-depressants, anti-psychotic medications, mood stabilizing agents, benzodiazepines, psycho-stimulants and an assortment of other non-psychiatric medications. These medications included Paxil, which the doctor prescribed at four times the maximum dosage for several years, causing the patient to become toxic.

As a result, the plaintiff suffered psychological trauma, became wheelchair bound for a period of time, neurologically impaired and she was chronically fatigued. She had to visit hospital emergency rooms multiple times and undergo psychiatric hospitalizations to become detoxified.

The plaintiff was unable to work for several years. The state department of children and family services removed her son from her care for more than a year. During that time, he had to live with a Foster family, which disrupted his daily routine and caused him long-term emotional suffering, anxiety and nightmares.

After the plaintiff’s care was transferred to a different psychiatrist, and after she was put on a proper medication regimen, the court allowed her to regain custody of her son. They were reunited in 2010. The plaintiff is actively involved as a volunteer for a non- profit organization, and as the mother of her son.

The case was settled at mediation prior to trial.

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