What does this mean in practice? In 1977, for example, a Pennsylvania court found that a hospital acted with gross negligence when it released a violent mentally ill patient who proceeded to murder two people. Other courts have found gross negligence in other circumstances, such as when a suicidal patient is left unsupervised by hospital staff and subsequently takes their own life.
Andreozzi + Foote has represented victims of sexual abuse and other crimes committed in mental health facilities, and by mental patients. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to sexual abuse or another crime and might need a lawyer, or simply would like legal guidance, do not hesitate to call our office. We do not charge for phone consultations, and even if we cannot be of assistance, we will do everything we can to help point you in the right direction.