What is Mental Health Negligence?
Mental health negligence occurs when a patient receives treatment which falls below the acceptable standard of care mental health professionals are expected to provide.
Examples of mental health negligence include:
- Inadequate supervision of a patient who poses a threat to themselves or others.
- Prescribing or administering incorrect medication.
- Wrongful discharging of a patient.
Successful medical negligence claims not only require the claimant to demonstrate their care provider was in breach of their duty of care and, therefore, negligent but also that this negligence either caused or actively contributed to a patient’s injuries. For example, if a patient was not adequately monitored, was able to leave the premises and then harmed themselves or someone else, the patient’s legal representative would have to prove the patient would not have harmed themselves had the standard of care been adequate.
Not all negligent care will warrant a claim though. If the patient in the above example was left unmonitored but caused or underwent no harm, there are no grounds for compensation for the potential damage. In this instance, the appropriate action would be to lodge a complaint about the standard of care to the health care provider so they are aware and can take appropriate steps to prevent it happening again.
Psychiatric care and mental health claims can be extremely complex. Therefore, it is important to seek specialist legal advice from expert solicitors.
How Can We Help?
The Medical Negligence Experts can help you determine whether you have grounds for a successful compensation claim. Our team will look at the circumstances surrounding yours, or your loved one’s, care, advise if you have grounds for a potentially successful claim and pass you to a specialist medical negligence solicitor who will advise you on how to achieve the best possible outcome.
Making a claim for compensation isn’t simply about getting money. It is about receiving acknowledgement of the damage you have suffered and being able to pay for the resources to help you recover. A medical negligence compensation claim won’t necessarily get you an apology for your mistreatment, but it will give you the satisfaction that the care provider has accepted responsibility for their negligence and the hope that, thanks to your actions, no one else will have to suffer the way you have.
If you have lost your loved one while they were under medical or psychiatric care, The Medical Negligence Experts can put you in touch with a solicitor to represent you at the inquest. If their death is subsequently found to have been caused by negligence, a claim can then be made for fair compensation on your behalf.
You do not need to commit to anything when you make an initial enquiry so contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and find out how we can help you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered medical negligence by a mental health professional in the past three years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, the amount of earnings you have lost, future lost earnings and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that, when making a claim, it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win, No Fee
The law firms we work with offer a No Win, No Fee* service on all our claims - each claim is assessed on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
The experienced solicitors we work with are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
They are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own solicitor who specialises in mental health claims who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
Expert solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
The solicitors we work with operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation to get some advice on the viability of your potential claim, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need.
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