Roughly eight years after a Sarasota County woman committed suicide, the
Florida Supreme Court has ruled that her husband may pursue a
medical malpractice lawsuit against the physician who cared for her prior to her death. The
case, which concerns the death of then 55-year-old Jacqueline Granicz,
alleges that her primary care physician, Dr. Joseph Chirillo, breached
a duty of care which resulted in her suicide. Granicz hanged herself in
2008 after calling Chirillo’s office over complaints of mental strain
and gastrointestinal problems.
According to the lawsuit, Chirillo decided to alter Granicz’s medication
and refer her to a gastroenterologist upon learning of her call from an
assistant. Chirillo’s office called Granicz back and told her she
could pick up a prescription and samples of a new medication but did not
schedule an appointment. Granicz retrieved the items but was found dead
the following day.
While a circuit judge initially ruled in favor of Dr. Charillo stating
that he had no duty to prevent Granicz’s unforeseeable suicide,
a court of appeals found that simply because this duty did not exist did
not mean that he owed the decedent no duty at all to treat her win accordance
with the standard of care. The Florida Supreme Court upheld this decision,
ruling that the case should proceed to trial.
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