Patients with mental health related issues are some of the most vulnerable in our society and those who have expressed suicidal thoughts or actions are particularly at risk, so it is vital that they are treated quickly and appropriately under an effective care plan.
The NHS has a legal duty, including as part of Human Rights legislation, to protect patients whose lives are at risk. Unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made and the standard of care delivered by health professionals falls short.
An inappropriate care plan or a breakdown in communication between doctors, care workers and the patient can seriously jeopardise recovery, perhaps increasing the risk of an adverse event or tragedy happening.
Our team of medical negligence solicitors deal with cases of injury and suicide stemming from inadequate medical care.
We know that compensation can never make up for what has happened, but we recognise that bringing a mental health claim can have other benefits, such as obtaining answers about care that has been provided and brings into account those responsible.
Mental health claim specialists
Help pay for aftercare and rehabilitation costs or, in the case of a fatality, pay towards funeral expenses and compensate for the loss.
To discuss your case
If you are concerned about the standard of care that you or a family member received whilst under the care of mental health professionals, please get in contact with us. We can explain the legal position and talk to you about your options.
Contact us on 0117 239 8012 or send us an email by using the online contact form.
Client case study
£20,000 for negligent care by psychiatric services
Miss O was under the care of several mental health professionals, having attempted suicide. Tragically, she then went on to take her own life. Her family was awarded £20,000 in compensation because of the breakdown in communication between the health professionals involved and their failure to prevent Miss O’s death.