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According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Sheppard Pratt, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 8 times and for tort claims 4 times since 2012. The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows:  Company: Sheppard Pratt, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil, Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-08/13/2020.

History of Sheppard Pratt 

Established in 1853, the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, commonly referred to as Sheppard Pratt, is one of the oldest psychiatric hospitals in the country. Its founder was Moses Sheppard, a wealthy Baltimore merchant who envisioned a mental health facility that prioritized the dignity and comfort of patients as much as their curative treatment. After a lengthy construction period, the hospital opened in 1891 as the Sheppard Asylum. The 150-bed campus in Towson, Maryland was groundbreaking at the time for its utilization of the Kirkbride Plan, an architectural style emphasizing natural light and maximum air circulation.

The asylum began expanding five years later with a donation of nearly $2 million from the estate of philanthropist Enoch Pratt. A name change was also implemented per a stipulation in Pratt’s will, and the facility became The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. In 2000 another major construction project commenced to transfer and modernize the patient rooms, an undertaking that nearly doubled the size of the campus.

Today the Sheppard Pratt Health System consists of its primary Towson campus as well as several satellite facilities, including outpatient locations in Timonium and Frederick. A second inpatient hospital opened in 2002 in Ellicott City, and construction is underway on an additional campus in Howard County. Sheppard Pratt regularly ranks among the best mental health institutions in the U.S. and is considered a top teaching facility for the field of psychiatry.

Sheppard Pratt in the News

A 2016 lawsuit filed against the hospital alleged that one of its psychiatrists neglected to properly monitor a depressive patient who eventually committed suicide. As detailed in the suit, a man receiving outpatient treatment for depression was prescribed medication by the psychiatrist. The antidepressants were automatically refilled for the next two years but the patient allegedly never met with the psychiatrist during that time. When the man overdosed on large amounts of barbiturates, he was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with major depression disorder. His ingestion of the narcotics was listed in discharge notes as a suicide attempt.

The man’s mental health continued to deteriorate and he was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm. While in jail he underwent an evaluation   to determine if he was a suicide risk. He mentioned his recent narcotic overdose to the social worker assessing him but insisted it was an accident and that he was not suicidal. Thus, he was taken off suicide watch but took his own life less than 24 hours later while out on bail. The claim filed against Sheppard Pratt alleged that the psychiatrist who prescribed him antidepressants was derelict in their patient care duty by not scheduling regular in person follow ups to monitor his progress and identify early warning signs of suicidal intentions. Had the patient’s depression been tracked more closely, the suit contented, he could have received mental health interventions in time to prevent his tragic suicide.

Some of the major personal injury attorneys that regularly sue Sheppard Pratt Health System for medical malpractice are: The Law Office Of Roger J. Bennett, P.A. and Salsbury, Clements, Bekman Marder & Adkins LLC.  As the hospital is based in Baltimore County, the majority of malpractice cases against it are filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court. If you or a loved one have been injured by Sheppard Pratt Health System, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your claim.

Last updated August 17, 2020

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