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Texas Mental Hospital Defeats Patient’s False Imprisonment Suit

Dec. 6, 2022, 5:30 PM

Universal Health Services Inc. and two subsidiary health care providers escaped a man’s lawsuit claiming he was unlawfully held in a mental health facility without his consent for 17 days, which allegedly included being physically restrained and drugged against his will, a Texas appeals court ruled.

The alleged conduct which James Snell complains of is “an inseparable” part of the rendition of health care, and therefore his claims constitute health-care liability claims, the Texas Court of Appeals, Fifth District said Monday. Texas requires a medical expert’s report to accompany such claims, which Snell didn’t provide, the court said.

The court ...