We have experience of conducting claims involving life-changing injuries sustained as a result of the mismanagement of a pre-existing mental health condition or a mental health crisis.

Unfortunately, despite government funding commitments, NHS mental health services continue to be chronically underfunded and/or poorly staffed. This often means that patients cannot get the support that they need whether as a patient in hospital or in the community.

Preventable harm can occur when deteriorating mental states are not recognised, leading to self-harm or attempted suicide. We are able to support clients who have sustained life-changing injury and disablement as a result of self-harm during a mental health crisis.

As our lawyers handle smaller caseloads than the majority of clinical negligence lawyers, we are able to adopt a highly-focused and proactive approach.

We have acted on behalf of patients both under a Mental Health Act section and those that are known to mental health services, but who are not subject to section. Clients for whom we have acted include:

  • voluntary patients that have absconded from semi-secure facilities
  • patients under Community Treatment Orders (CTO)
  • clients with depressive illnesses/suicidal thoughts and ideation managed in primary care (by general practitioners)
  • patients managed by community mental health teams.

Where appropriate, we seek support from the client’s family or The Official Solicitor. This helps ensure that their claim can be progressed efficiently and provision can be made for their current and future physical and mental health needs even whilst treatment continues.

Medical negligence claims involving pre-existing mental health conditions are particularly complex. Anyone who has suffered a significant injury of this nature should seek legal advice as to whether a claim for compensation can be made. We will look at the details of any case and provide expert advice as to whether a claim for compensation can be brought.

If you or a family member have suffered such an injury, or you would like a second opinion on an ongoing case, please contact us.

If you require assistance, please contact us or request a call from one of our lawyers.

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