Many in Ocean County may think that wrongful death litigation only applies to those cases where people die in accidents caused by others. In reality, however, anyone engaging in negligent or reckless action that results in the death of another can be the target of a wrongful death lawsuit. Often that action is indirect and comes in the form of abuse and manipulation. While some might believe it to be impossible to “manipulate someone to death,” arguments may be made that abusers can exert enough influence over others so as to push vulnerable people almost to edge (and even over it, in some cases).
That is the claim being made in a lawsuit filed against a doctor in California on behalf of a female patient who ended up committing suicide. The lawsuit states that the patient was introduced to him by a mutual friend, and that the two began a sexual relationship. It is also alleged that the doctor used his position to secure her prescription drugs such as Ambien, Adderall and Klonopin, all while knowing that she had displayed past suicidal tendencies. The doctor is also accused of blocking her attempts to seek treatment from other healthcare professionals in order to preserve their relationship. Through his attorney, the doctor denied all of the allegations.
People place an extraordinary amount of trust in professionals like doctors. Thus, it may not be unreasonable to assume that an abuse of such trust could prompt someone into taking drastic action (even to the point of committing suicide). Such abuse might certainly be seen as negligent, and may prompt legal action. Those considering such action may first want to consult with an attorney.