Civil Plaintiff

$3.5M to family of patient who drowned himself

A South Carolina jury returned a $3,500,250 award in survival and wrongful death claims against Southern Myrtle Inpatient Services, LLC, for the family of 26-year-old Matthew Scheer, a former patient who drowned himself in the Atlantic Ocean just 30 minutes following his release.

Scheer was suffering from a sudden onset of mental illness described as “psychosis – seeing things that aren’t there.” At 1:27 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 3, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin, Dr. Rachel Ash-Bernal released Scheer, who was hearing voices and believed he was fighting demons. 

Scheer’s father had brought him to the Grand Strand Medical Center around 4 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2015, because he was having an “acute psychotic episode.” Patel was made Scheer’s attending physician and ordered a psychiatric consultation, which never took place.

Read the source article at WMBF News

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