No. 4465, June Term 1990.

25 Pa. D. & C. 4th 541 (1995)

Mertz v. Temple University Hospital

Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

June 28, 1995.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Paul A. Lauricella and Barbara R. Axelrod, for plaintiffs.

Mary Ellen Reilly, for defendants.

GOLDMAN, J., June 28, 1995.


This case involves allegations of psychiatric malpractice concerning the failure to involuntarily commit a patient. On June 10, 1988, Phyllis Litostansky went to Temple University Hospital's psychiatric emergency room seeking to have her husband Richard Litostansky involuntarily committed. Mr. Litostansky had a history of alcohol and substance abuse and had attempted...

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