Suicide expert witnesses may be sought out for numerous types of cases, as suicide may relate to several different disciplines. Suicide expert consulting may provide valuable insight into such relevant areas as pathology, neuropathology, general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, human biometrics, correctional facility operations, neurology, computer forensic investigation, criminal justice systems, school safety and child welfare, geriatric psychiatry, and other related disciplines, as each may become an important aspect in a suicide-related court case.
Suicide often results from issues with mental health, thus suicide expert witnesses may have experience in the medical industry practicing as psychologists and/or psychiatrists. Suicide expert witnesses are therefore often called upon for court cases to provide an expert opinion as a means of determining whether the proper suicide prevention measures were implemented for the purpose of protecting patients who are at risk for suicide attempts. Whether it concerns the use of adolescent medicine, child psychiatry, or prison health services, as well as any other type of context, suicide prevention is a significant aspect of treating patients suffering from behavioral health issues.
Suicide expert witnesses may also be asked to assess cases of medical malpractice that may have led to suicides or suicide attempts, such as patient neglect, failing to properly diagnose mental health issues, or prescribing the wrong antidepressants or other types of prescription pharmaceuticals.
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