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Attorney Skip Simpson, a nationally renowned expert in psychiatric malpractice, said the high U.S. suicide rate is alarming, but not surprising, given that most health care professionals lack the necessary training to assess and treat people who are at risk of taking their own lives.
Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) October 07, 2012
New research indicates that suicide has overtaken car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, which psychiatric malpractice lawyer Skip Simpson today said serves as a reminder that those who have loved ones in danger of committing suicide need to take action before anything happens.
According to a recent study reported in the American Journal of Public Health, suicide surpassed car accidents as the Number One cause of death by injury in 2009. Car accidents were the top cause of injury-related death between 2000 and 2009, according to researchers.
The American Journal of Public Health reports that the rate of death by suicide increased by 15 percent over the past 10 years. During that same span, car accident injury deaths dropped by 25 percent.
Researchers say their finding reveals that suicide is now a global public health problem. According to the American Journal of Public Health: “Our finding that suicide now accounts for more deaths than do traffic crashes echoes similar findings for the European Union, Canada and China.”
Simpson, a trial lawyer, educator and patient advocate, said more than 95 percent of people in the United States who die by suicide suffer from a treatable mental illness, a substance disorder, or both.
“It’s disturbing that the number of suicides continues to rise,” Simpson said. “Many suicides can be prevented if competent care is provided. Unfortunately, most licensed health professionals are poorly trained, if they are trained at all, in the detection, assessment, protection and treatment of suicidal persons. Suicide has long been a public health problem. This isn’t something new.”
The new research appears to support Simpson’s views about suicide prevention. According to the American Journal of Public Health report, the drop in car accident deaths may be linked to improved traffic safety measures. Researchers said similar attention and resources are needed to prevent suicide.
“Comprehensive traffic safety measures have successfully reduced the national motor vehicle traffic crash mortality rate. Similar efforts will be required to diminish the burden of other injury,” researchers write in the American Journal of Public Health.
Any family who has suffered the loss of a loved one due to a loved one who committed suicide in a hospital or killed herself or himself in a psychiatric facility should seek the help of an experienced suicide attorney by calling (214) 618-8222 or visiting http://www.skipsimpson.com.
About The Law Offices of Skip Simpson
For over twenty 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.
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