Mr. Lapierre's widow sought compensation for her husband’s suicide which she alleged was work related. Employer's expert Robinson conducted a psychological autopsy of the decedent and concluded that work related stressors (the decedent was on worker’s compensation at the time of his suicide by gunshot) were not the cause of Lapierre's suicide. The Worker’s Compensation Commission concurred.
Suit was brought by
the Estate of Mr. S who suicided by carbon monoxide and an overdose of
medication prescribed by the Defendant psychiatrist employed by the Defendant
institution. The late Mr. S had
been seen by the psychiatrist hours before his suicide. All medical malpractice cases in the State
Christopher Nyhan, Esq.
Mr. Roberts had acknowledged the shooting death of his best friend in the course of a night's drinking. The State alleged that the shooting was an act of anger and sought conviction for murder. Defendant's expert Dr. Charles Robinson testified that the crime scene, Roberts' history and witness statements were all consistent with a failed suicide attempt the victim tried to foil. Roberts had a history of such attempts designed to bring about his "rescue" and thereby validate his right to live. In remarkable compromise, the jury found Roberts not guilty by reason of insanity. He was discharged from in-patient psychiatric care six months later.
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