Suicide and Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If a loved one has committed suicide, the specific facts and circumstances will determine the legal rights of the survivors and the Estate to compensation by way of a settlement or jury award.

Here are some recent fact patterns which the law firm has evaluated:

  • A minor who used fake identification to purchase a handgun
  • A drug overdose due to overprescribed pain medications
  • A patient with a psychiatric history of suicidal tendencies who was denied observation, care and treatment by a hospital because the HMO refused to extend coverage for inpatient rehabilitation and drug recovery care
  • A young student whose romantic texts were exposed to the public and was subjected to ridicule
  • Underage drinkers who grew despondent while intoxicated and decided to end their lives together

The point here is that although by definition suicide is death by one’s own hand, there can be legal responsibility under legal theories such as intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, gross negligence, negligent security and other legal theories that might apply.

This law firm stands ready to hear from you about the suicide related wrongful death claim facts.