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Family Sues Hospital after Boy Under Suicide Watch Kills Himself

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgThe family of 20-year-old Prashant Tiwari, who committed suicide last year while under suicide watch in the psychiatric unit of Brampton Civic Hospital, Ontario, Canada, has filed a wrongful death and breach of privacy lawsuit against the hospital.

According to the family, the hospital staff was supposed to check on Prashant every 15 minutes. However, they left him unattended for more than 2.5 hours during which, he killed himself. His body was later found in washroom. The $12.5 million lawsuit also claims that the hospital staff accessed Prashant’s personal information after his death, without authorization.

According to the family’s lawyer Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law, “This is a tragic case the puts the focus on a much wider problem…Far more attention needs to be given to protect vulnerable people, like Prashant, whose lives depend on a higher standard of hospital care.”