A Stanford student, John McKay committed suicide in August 2005 by way of exhaust inhalation at his mother’s home in Menlo Park. Just prior to his final act, he bought 90 capsules of Prozac on the internet. He denied suicide ideation in a questionnaire he filled out on-line. He was also never physically evaluated by a physician for this prescription he was requesting from an internet site. A physician-contractor by the name of Dr. Christian Hageseth wrote for the prescription from another state without personally evaluating or physically examining his new patient prior to writing the prescription. This was a breach of the standard of medical care while establishing a provider-patient relationship.
While the litigation process has not yet determined whether Dr. Hageseth was practicing medicine in California (without a CA medical license) or whether there was a causal relationship between Prozac and this young man’s death, one certainty exists – this young man did not receive the appropriate medical care from the last medical provider who entered into a provider-patient relationship with him. Who, had he evaluated him, may have identified that 1) he needed hospitalization for depression or 2) Prozac was not the right drug for him.
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Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the co-Vice President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.