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New Jersey physician blamed for golfer's death

The life of a professional golfer, Erica Blasberg, came to an abrupt end with her suicide in 2010. However, Blasberg's parents claim that their daughter's death wasn't her own fault. They say that her death lies firmly at the feet of her New Jersey-based physician, who allegedly failed to provide the adequate medical treatment that she needed.

Blasberg was friends with her physician before her death and they were reported to even spend time golfing together. Now her parents have filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim against him, alleging that he engaged in a romantic relationship with their daughter and was not even aware that she had also been under the care of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist was supposedly treating the woman for depression.

Apparently, Blasberg began to stockpile some of her prescription medications in the months leading up to her suicide. Whether these medications were prescribed to her from her physician or her psychiatrist is unclear. However, her physician was the one who found Blasberg's body and subsequently removed the suicide note that she had written.

Blasberg's parents firmly believe that their daughter's physician failed to properly ascertain and meet her medical needs. Instead, they claim that the New Jersey doctor permitted his own interests to intercede in the care of his patient, which ultimately led to her death. While this case is different from most claims of physician malpractice, if the parents of this former professional golfer can reasonably persuade that their daughter's suicide could have been avoided providing she actually received the care that she required, they may be successful in settling their case.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "Las Vegas jury hears pro golfer's suicide note", Ken Ritter, May 7, 2014

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