A local newspaper reviewed several public records and lawsuits and found that around half of the psych hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have had at least one major safety incident since 2011. A major safety incident was defined as a suicide or significant attempt, a report of unwanted sexual contact, or a serious physical attack.
Experts say that any hospital, including psychiatric hospitals, must offer a basic level of safety. Timberlawn, a psychiatric hospital in Dallas, experienced major safety incidents, including a woman who committed suicide while under the hospital’s care, as well as several female patients’ reports of sexual assaults or fondling. Additionally, one doctor died after being tackled by a patient. Facing loss of their license, Timberlawn voluntarily shut down.
There have been allegations of safety incidences against Millwood Hospital in Arlington as well. Several include sexual assault. One involves a 6-year-old boy who broke his nose after being improperly restrained. Another involves a suicidal man (who was supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes) who hung himself. Sundance, who has hospitals in Arlington and Garland, also faces several allegations that include a patient successfully committing suicide while admitted, as well as sexual assault.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.