Suicide Malpractice Attorney Skip Simpson to Offer Insight at ‘Elevating the Conversation’ Conference in Denver

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The conference in February will feature discussions by suicide-attempt survivors as well as mental health professionals.

My preference is not to file lawsuits against mental health care providers. I’m interested in helping to improve the current mental health system.

Suicide malpractice attorney Skip Simpson of The Law Offices of Skip Simpson will provide a lawyer’s perspective during a training seminar for mental health service professionals to be held Feb. 26 and 27 at the University of Denver.

A leading expert on the legal aspects of suicide, Simpson will bring his expertise in psychiatric and psychological malpractice to the conference in a presentation titled “Best Practices in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management and Support from a Lawyer’s Perspective.” He is scheduled to speak Feb. 27 between 2:30 and 4:30. The Carson J Spencer Foundation has created a webpage with more information about attending.

The Elevating the Conversation Conference serves to bridge a conversation about suicide prevention between mental health policy makers, providers and consumer advocates. One of the objectives of the event is to understand how best practices inform legal protections and reduce risk.

“My preference is not to file lawsuits against mental health care providers,” Simpson said. “I’m interested in helping to improve the current mental health system. I know that professionals who are charged with treating those who are at risk of suicide can do a better job of protecting their patients. The unfortunate reality is that the mental health industry has been resistant to teaching and enforcing safety rules for patients at risk of suicide. A family’s only remedy sometimes is to file a lawsuit.”

Attorney Simpson continued: “I sometimes hear clinicians say that the surviving family members just want someone to blame; I have never come across this attitude in the 30 years I have represented families. I do not believe this allegation; there is no science or other evidence to support the pejorative comment. The families do want answers. Physician ethics require physicians to explain to patients and loved ones what happened when a death occurs. If something went wrong the physician is required to explain what went wrong. An explanation and apology would stop most lawsuits.”

The conference will include talks by survivors of suicide attempts and clinicians who have had personal and professional experience with suicide loss and suicide attempts.

The University of Denver Morgridge College of Education provides information about the conference on its website. “The theme for our second offering will be breaking down the fear divide between service providers and suicide-attempt survivors,” according to the website.

The workshop is collaboratively supported by the Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network, Carson J Spencer Foundation, Colorado Psychological Association, Judi’s House, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, SAMHSA, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

About The Law Offices of Skip Simpson
For over 30 years, Skip Simpson has been practicing law, focusing on psychiatric and psychological malpractice, suicide lawsuits, as well as personal injury civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Nationally recognized for his expertise in suicide law, he is considered a pioneer in the field of suicide litigation and has represented families who have lost loved ones to suicide around the country.

Family members whose loved one died by suicide and want to know more about their legal rights should seek the help of an experienced suicide attorney by calling (214) 618-8222 or completing the online contact form.

The Law Offices of Skip Simpson
2591 Dallas Parkway #300
Frisco, Texas 75034
(214) 618-8222
http://www.skipsimpson.com

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