Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High Profile Event

Date: 10.19.11
Location: Phoenix Convention Center
Sponsored By: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management


Speaker: Andrew C. Efaw
Phone: 303.244.1873
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Speaker: Kara J. Rosenthal
Phone: 303.244.1809
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An onsite suicide is one of the most devastating events that can occur in a healthcare setting. How the event is handled, internally and externally, will determine whether the matter could be successfully defended in a malpractice action by the remaining family or estate. In this session, WTO attorneys Andrew Efaw and Kara Rosenthal look at the necessary investigation following a suicide, including the chain of custody of evidence, an outline for interviews of key onsite personnel, identification of industry experts on the foreseeability of suicide and forensic experts on the impact of medications and/or treatments.