Carol Dillon Wins Summary Judgment

Carol Dillon Wins Summary Judgment
06/27/2011

Carol Dillon recently received summary judgment in favor of her clients, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, who were alleged to have violated their patient's constitutional rights because they discontinued a psychiatric medication and only later offered a substitute. Because the psychiatrist had specific medical reasons for discontinuing the medication, the patient could not meet the very high deliberate indifference standard under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This is an important decision, because it shows that giving a medical reason for what you're doing is key to defending deliberate indifference claims.

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