The family of a deceased former patient brought suit against McAllen Hospitals, d/b/a South Texas Behavioral Health Center, alleging that the facility’s failure to provide sufficient staffing and employee training led to his suicide. The decedent was allegedly placed on suicide watch by his physician after he told staff that he was contemplating suicide. The following day, the unit was allegedly understaffed, with only one newly hired employee on duty, and the decedent was able to hang himself in his room during this time.
This case was closed with an agreed judgment. South Texas Behavioral Health Center agreed to pay the plaintiffs $165,000 as a settlement payment. The majority of this money was designated for the deceased patient’s underage daughter.