is mental health medical malpractice different from medical malpratice?

Patient released 24 hours after overdose attempt without meds to stabilize depression history of taking meds for depression and within week attempted again.

Asked on May 27, 2016 under Malpractice Law, Iowa

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Medical malpractice is negligence whether it involves mental illness or physical illness.
Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable medical practitioner in the community would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).


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