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Psychiatric Negligence Leading To Suicide

If your loved one has taken their own life and you believe steps were not taken to prevent this tragic event from happening, please get in touch with us today to discuss your options.

Psychiatric patients and suicide

If the state has assumed responsibility for an individual's welfare and safety, it is placed under an 'operational duty' to take appropriate steps to safeguard the life of that individual.

For example, the state must take appropriate steps to safeguard the lives of individuals that have been:-

  • Detained under the Mental Health Act;
  • Admitted to a psychiatric ward but not detained under the Mental Health Act.

Therefore if those providing psychiatric care know, or ought to know, that a patient is at real risk of taking their own life, reasonable steps must be taken to promote and safeguard his/her life.

This might involve removing any items that could cause harm, providing a safe environment and implementing a high level of observation.

Psychiatric claims

If it is found that the state owed an operational duty to a patient who then took his/her own life, questions must be raised as to the standard of care provided.

If those responsible for a patient's care failed to take reasonable steps to safeguard his/her life, there will be grounds for legal action.

Although pursuing a compensation claim can never undo the trauma associated with a suicide, it will allow the bereaved family some access to justice.

A claim will also ensure the family can recover any money that has been lost because of the fatality. This will be incredibly beneficial if the deceased had any dependants, such as a partner and/or children.

Medical negligence solicitors

If your loved one has taken their own life because of failings in the standard of care provided, you need to speak to a medical negligence solicitor today. A solicitor will listen to the details of your loved one's death before suggesting what options are available to you.

If there is a case to be investigated, your solicitor will help you to take legal action against the negligent party. While this cannot reverse the terrible pain you and your family will have experienced, it does give you a chance to seek justice, something many find people find useful.

To find out more about pursuing a medical negligence claim for failings in psychiatric care, please get in touch with us today.

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