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NY Court Revives Med Mal Suit Over Patient Suicide

Law360, Los Angeles (February 24, 2017, 9:29 PM EST) -- A New York appellate panel on Thursday reversed the dismissal of a medical malpractice and wrongful death suit accusing a hospital and medical staff of negligent care of a psychiatric patient who later committed suicide, saying the patient’s estate plausibly alleged a breach of the standard of care.

A five-judge Third Department panel said the trial judge got it wrong by granting summary judgment in favor of Saratoga Hospital, Dr. April Roberts and nurse practitioner Susan Decker in a suit accusing them of providing substandard psychiatric care to Angela Squadere, which purportedly allowed her to commit suicide. The panel said Squadere’s...

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