Meyerkord & Meyerkord Represent Husband, Father After Hospital's Negligence Leads to Family's Deaths

A St. Louis man is taking legal action against a local hospital and its staff for their role in the murder-suicide of his three young children and wife. The man is being represented by the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Meyerkord & Meyerkord.
ST. LOUIS - July 18, 2013 - PRLog -- Amid a shocking story sure to stir up sensation in even the most desensitized person, a St. Louis man is filing suit against a local Hospital and its staff for the role they played in the tragic murder-suicide of his wife and three young children.

The man – who is being represented by the St. Louis personal injury law firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC – is taking legal action against a local doctor, West County Physicians, and Mercy Hospital St. Louis, claiming that their negligence resulted in the suicide of his mentally unstable wife and three children. At the core of this claim, he is alleging that his wife should have not been released from the hospital's psychiatric care unit.

The day after being released from the Behavioral Health Outpatient Department at Mercy in March of 2012, the woman shot her three children – ages 8, 6, and 3 – before turning the gun on herself.  The woman had entered the psychiatric care as the result of a family intervention caused by her increasing bouts of depression. The woman had been previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was under the care of psychiatrists. She was also off her anti-depressant medications for two days and had suicidal ideations.

After the intake evaluation was performed, a staff member at Mercy made a risk assessment stating that the woman was suicidal, willing to harm herself, had expressed suicidal ideations, was resistant to treatment, and had a family history of suicide and mental illness. Upon completion of the intake, the woman was admitted into the hospital’s outpatient program which would begin the following day. She was released shortly after.

What is important to note it that the woman and the doctor did not inform her husband that she was to be admitted into the outpatient program at 8:00 a.m. the next morning. In fact, the woman had reportedly told her husband that no further treatment was necessary and the two returned home with their children.

Had the Hospital consulted with the woman’s husband, they would have had additional information about her concerning behavior and state of mind. Additionally, they should have consulted with the woman’s psychiatrists and therapist as the woman’s therapist had referred her for inpatient care. Instead of beginning her outpatient program the following day, the woman waited for her husband to go to work before killing their three children and herself.

As claimed by her husband, the hospital and the physicians in authority failed to conduct a proper intake interview, contact her psychiatrists and therapist, consult with her husband, and notify him when she failed to show up for the outpatient program. He claims that they also failed to determine that she posed a danger to herself and others.

Although a lawsuit and compensation may not substitute for the profound losses suffered by the man, it can ensure that justice is obtained. By working with the St. Louis wrongful death attorneys at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, the husband and father will have the necessary resources and passionate advocates to hold the hospital and treating physicians liable for their negligence and failures to uphold a standard of care. Longtime proponents of victims’ rights, Meyerkord & Meyerkord’s legal team regularly represents victims and families as they navigate through the complexities and emotional turbulence of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims. More information about the firm can be found on their website:
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