23-year-old man's suicide prompts wrongful death suit against Park Ridge hospital

By Robert Hadley | Nov 11, 2015

A Cook County man is suing Advocate General Hospital, alleging negligence and wrongful death in the mental health diagnosis of a 23-year-old man who eventually committed suicide.

Amgaabaatar Purevjal, independent administrator of the estate of Bayartsogt Bayarsaikhan, filed a lawsuit Nov. 6 in Cook County Circuit Court against Advocate Health and Hospitals doing business as Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Dr. Linsey R. Harrison. Several other doctors and nurses were named as respondents in discovery.

According to the complaint, Bayarsaikhan was a patient at Advocate General on four occasions between December 2013 and February 2014 for paranoia, psychosis and other mental health symptoms that required inpatient treatment. After being sent home from a three-day visit Feb. 5, 2014, the suit says Bayarsaikhan committed suicide by jumping from his fourth-floor apartment.

The suit blames the defendants for failing to adequately diagnose and treat Bayarsaikhan’s mental illness, as well as for discharging him before determining if his medication had reached therapeutic levels.

Purevjal seeks damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by attorneys Steven M. Levin, Margaret P. Battersby Black and Colleen Mixan Mikaitis of Levin & Perconti in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L-011383.

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