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No Justice for Suicidal Patients

On April 6, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its decision in Binkley v. Allina Health System, holding that hospitals are immune from suit when they negligently but in good faith deny admission to a suicidal patient seeking voluntary admission to the hospital. This case involved the death of Kirk Lloyd, age 17. On May 10, 2010, Kirk tried to commit suicide by wrapping himself in a blanket and setting it on fire. When his mother entered his bedroom, the fire was put out and Kirk assured his mother that the fire was an accident. The next day he admitted to his mother that he had in fact been attempting to commit suicide, and they went to United Hospital in St. Paul to have him admitted

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