Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Possible Negligence Leads to Suicide

Ruth Farrell was a forty one year old librarian from Connecticut who had checked in to a non-profit institution in New Canaan, CT. One week following her arrival, in January 2002, Farrell hanged herself in the Silver Hill Hospital. The hospital has become known for its celebrity clientele, but the estate of the decedent is questioning whether the hospital and her doctor were negligent. Medical malpractice attorneys say that when a physician fails to appreciate the high level of risk of suicide and to plan their treatment accordingly, this negligence is just as significant as more commonly seen cases. Newspaper Article may have led jurors … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice and Sexual Abuse Allegations Drive Doctor to Suicide

On February 18th of this year, Dr. Melvin Levine, a pediatrician who worked at Children's Hospital Boston, was found dead, by a gunshot wound to the head, in the woods surrounding his North Carolina home. The death came a day after a class action lawsuit was filed against him for medical malpractice and sexual abuse of at least 40 male patients in the years between 1966 and 1985. Last week, Dr. Levine's death was ruled a suicide. Men Come Forward Claiming Abuse By Levine Dr. Levine had long been accused of sexually abusing of his male patients, but always maintained his innocence. But not long ago, men began to come forward, describing … [Read more...]