Florida Supreme Court Allows 8-Year-Old Lawsuit Against Doctor Over Patient's Suicide

Florida Supreme Court Allows 8-Year-Old Lawsuit Against Doctor Over Patient's Suicide

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.

For more information on this important ruling, click here.

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This decision is not only a great victory for Ms. Granicz’s husband, but it is also a prime example of the how retaining the services of a powerful attorney can be crucial when pursuing legal action against a negligent physician. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a medical professional’s reckless or negligent actions, our skilled Miami medical malpractice lawyer at David C. Rash, P.A. can provide the aggressive support you need to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve. Find out more about what our 25+ years of experience can do for you by calling (954) 914-7116 or contacting our office online today.

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