Connecticut Appeals Court Reinstates Malpractice Suit Over Suicide at Hospital

Connecticut Appeals Court Reinstates Malpractice Suit Over Suicide at HospitalAn appeals court in Connecticut has reinstated a malpractice case filed against a psychiatric hospital over the suicide of a patient.

The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled that a trial judge had erred by rejecting a request to ask jurors if they had been influenced by a New York Times article about the case, according to The Associated Press.

The executor of Ruth Farrell's estate filed the lawsuit against the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan and a psychiatrist at the facility after the woman hung herself there. The original trial found that both the doctor and the facility were not liable for Farrell's death but the appellate court's decision overturns that.

An attorney for Silver Hill said that she was unhappy with the decision.

"We obviously disagree with the court," she told the news source. "I think there was scant legal precedent for their decision."

Silver Hills has counted Billy Joel and Mariah Carey among its clients, according to the news provider.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the suicide rate in the U.S. was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in 2007.