Court Cases Involving Forensic Psychiatry

ROBERT EDWARD LEE, Plaintiff, v. SAI LI, ET AL., Defendants

Lee v. Li, No. 14-11722, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, SOUTHERN DIVISION, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39232, March 3, 2016, Decided, March 3, 2016, Filed, Adopted by, Objection overruled by, Motion granted by, Dismissed by, Motion denied by, As moot Lee v. Li, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50165 ( E.D. Mich., Apr. 14, 2016)

 This case involves a civil complaint against Dr. Li who is a forensic psychiatrist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. The plaintiff, Mr. Lee, claims that Dr. Li had forced him to take medication, Zyprexa, which caused erectile dysfunction without his knowledge. The plaintiff was admitted into the Center for Forensic Psychiatry four times because of his diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Notes provided by Dr. Li stated that the plaintiff refused to take his medication and that the side-effects of his medication had been discussed. However, initially in Dr. Li’s notes, he states that he agreed with the plaintiff’s request to not start the medication.

When discussing this case, several problems occur with the plaintiff’s claim against Dr. Li. First, the claim that the plaintiff had no knowledge to the medication’s side-effects was disproved when Dr. Li specifically stated in his journals that he had informed the plaintiff about the medication and that he knew of the plaintiff’s psychiatric condition. Next, as stated before, Dr. Li did not administer the medication under the request of the plaintiff ruling the claim of forcing medication upon the plaintiff disproved. Lastly, Dr. Li had recommended that the plaintiff continue with Zyprexa specifically in order to maintain stability. However, the Detroit Central City of community Health replaced the plaintiff’s prescription of Zyprexa with Risperdal. The plaintiff’s complaint was unwarranted and had no evidence. The case was dismissed under prejudice and failure to make a claim of deliberate indifference.

Forensic Summary by Kiana DelGrosso

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