We recognise that psychiatric patients and their families need help and support and that these claims aren't straightforward. We're specialists in this area of law. We use experts to help our clients succeed in their cases.
Psychiatric patients are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It’s estimated one in four of us will have some kind of psychiatric problem at some stage in our lives. Most of us will recover quickly without having to go to hospital, or a care home or specialised ward.
However, other patients may have to be treated as an inpatient. This can be frightening, which some cope well with, but others may be vulnerable to self-harm.
Some patients will need to be supervised on an ad hoc basis but others are so vulnerable and upset that they’ll need constant supervision. This is intrusive and distressing, so it’s only reserved for the most at risk patients.
Example mental health clinical negligence cases
On occasions supervision is not put in place when it is required. This can lead to a patient absconding. Our team of mental health and care solicitors have acted in cases of this nature.
Other mental health clinical negligence cases we have dealt with have included claims relating to:
- Failure to detain a patient for assessment under the Mental Health Act 1983
- Failure to prevent absconding
- Overdose of drugs leading to complications
- Use of inappropriate drugs
- Failure to remove ligature points from a psychiatric ward leading to self-harm
- Failing to appropriately monitor a patient after discharge from hospital
- All our cases work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you only have to pay us for our help if we are successful
We acted for the family of Robin Kitt Callender. Robin was a usually healthy 53-year-old, who had learning disabilities and communication difficulties. She resided at a care home in Newbury Park. She visited her GP surgery six times and A&E twice complaining of a stomach condition but her inflammatory bowel disease – a treatable illness – remained undiagnosed. Sadly, Robin passed away as a result of her delayed diagnosis. We represented the family at the inquest and in relation to the subsequent compensation claim.