Last year, a Hawaii State Hospital patient hanged himself in his room, and now his family has filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital claiming it was negligent and could have prevented this tragedy.

Several relatives of Keith Bieniek filed the suit; Bieniek died two weeks after he hanged himself on February 4, 2007. The named defendants are the hospital and the state of Hawaii.

Thirty-seven-year-old Bieniek had been arrested in August 2006 on a harassment charge and was later found to suffer from depression and mental illness. In December of 2006, he was admitted to the State Hospital, where an evaluation noted he was a suicide risk. However, the family claims the hospital did not put him on suicide watch, nor was he supervised properly during his hospital stay.

On the day of his death, Bieniek was found by hospital staff hanging from a bed sheet in his hospital room’s bathroom; he was unresponsive and taken to Castle Medical Center, where he died on February 24, 2007.

The family is seeking an undetermined amount in damages and attorneys’ fees.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence in Ohio, please contact wrongful death attorney Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule a confidential consultation.