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CG&P Obtains Dismissal of Complaint Against Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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CG&P Obtains Dismissal of Complaint Against Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

In an action for medical malpractice and wrongful death, the plaintiff-decedent was a 31 year old woman with a psychiatric history of schizophrenia who died during an in-patient hospitalization. It was alleged that CG&P’s client, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, was negligent in failing to order adequate psychotropic medications and in failing to order one-to-one supervision based on the plaintiff-decedent’s risk for harming herself; and that these interventions would have prevented the plaintiff-decedent’s death. CG&P submitted affidavits from an expert Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and an Expert Forensic Pathologist in support of a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the Complaint. The Court found that the expert Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner established that CG&P’s client appropriately evaluated and treated the plaintiff decedent; and that the expert Forensic Pathologist established that the plaintiff-decedent died as a consequence of events that were unrelated to the care provided by CG&P’s client. The case was handled by CG&P partner Michele R. Levin.