Supervisor at New York State-run Facility for the Mentally Disabled Charged in Patient’s Death, New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Comments


New York medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman comments on the recent death of an autistic patient at a Staten Island mental health facility

As reported by the New York Post, Jawara Henry, 27, died after being held in a wrongful restraint by Erik Stanley, a supervisor for disabled adults at the facility.

As New York medical malpractice lawyers understand, Stanley allegedly applied excessive pressure to Henry's neck and torso inside the Multiple Disabilities Unit on the grounds of the South Beach Psychiatric Center.

The medical examiner determined Henry died of asphyxiation by neck and chest compression.

“Restraint should only be used as a very last resort and when there is immediate physical danger to the individual or others,” said New York medical malpractice lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York's medical malpractice law firms.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation found Stanley did "not follow protocol nor use proper techniques while to trying to restrain" Henry.

“Taking care of an adult with mental illness is hard. Both the demands of care giving and the behavior of a patient can create situations in which abuse is more likely to occur. However, under no circumstance is it legal for caregivers to abuse or neglect people under their care,” said Perecman, a New York medical malpractice lawyer with over 30 years of experience helping institutional abuse and neglect victims.

New York medical malpractice lawyers understand institutional abuse and neglect can happen at any institution. Often times there are signs of institutional abuse. However, in this case, the death was not reported by any news outlet to be part of a pattern.

Individuals who experienced or know someone who suffered from institutional abuse in New York should seek justice and compensation. An institutional abuse lawsuit may prevent further incidents or neglect or abuse. Mental facilities are held in a position of trust. When they fail to meet expected standards, they should be held liable. The same goes for nursing homes and other institutions.

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