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About Suicide Attempts

California Psychiatric Malpractice Lawyers Helping You

A high percentage of medical malpractice claims brought against psychiatric hospitals and licensed mental health care providers involve patient suicides or suicide attempts.

While most psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals provide the high level of care which they are trained and expected to provide, even the most conscientious practitioner can make a mistake. Unfortunately, some such failures result in needless suicides or attempted suicides by patients.

Some of the most common warning signs that a patient might be planning to kill themselves include:

  • Excessive sadness or hopelessness associated with depression
  • Sudden loss of interest in favorite activities or life in general
  • Marked changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors
  • Withdrawing or isolating from others
  • Talking about dying or "going away"

At the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D., we have been helping victims of mental health malpractice in California since 1986. Our experience with cases involving suicides and attempted suicides — and attorney Dr. Joseph C. George's training, background, and education as a clinical psychologist — have helped us achieve successful results in many difficult cases. Our California psychiatric malpractice attorneys are confident in our ability to help you, too.

Don't wait to speak to an attorney. In California, a medical malpractice claim usually must be filed within one year of the suicide or suicide attempt. You should also be aware of the fact that the timelimit for filing a lawsuit involving a mental health professional or therapist who worked for the government can be much shorter.

Call (916) 623-4914 for a Free Consultation

We offer respect for your privacy and dignity, responsive service, diligence, a high degree of personal attention, and over 32 years of experience in this area of law. To learn more, call (916) 623-4914 at any time, day or night — or contact our California psychiatric malpractice attorneys online. Servicios de Traducción en Español Disponibles.

  • Ph.D in Psychology

    Joseph C. George earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was an active duty clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force for 12 years.

  • Decades of Experience

    Collectively, our legal team has more than 30 years of experience in fighting for the rights of Californians

  • Well-Rounded Team

    Attorney Joseph George Jr. is a former deputy district attorney; Attorney Maricar Pascual was the national champion in appellate advocacy

  • Honest Communication

    We value each of our clients; everyone deserves respect and clear communication. We never leave our clients in the dark.