If you or someone you love has suffered from mental illness, you want to know that you or they will receive the very best care and treatment possible. Unfortunately, inadequate psychiatric care can make mental health conditions worse, causing psychological problems and emotional distress to patients. If you feel that you or someone you care about has been let down by mental health professionals, you could claim compensation for inadequate psychiatric care. Examples of situations which could constitute inadequate care include the following:
- Sending patients home from psychiatric facilities before they are ready and failing to carry out monitoring/follow-up checks
- Inadequate staffing and poor care at mental health facilities
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose conditions correctly
- Prescribing the wrong medication, which could make some conditions worse, or failing to prescribe any medication at all
- Inadequate supervision and monitoring of patients
- Mental health professionals not receiving regular updates to their training
- Psychiatric wards or care facilities in poor repair
If any of the above (not an exhaustive list) applies to you, then claiming clinical negligence may be possible.
Making a claim for clinical negligence compensation
Many people avoid making a claim for medical negligence, particularly where mental health issues are concerned, as they fear that the doctor or member of staff in question may take the claim personally. Mental health professionals are just that; professionals. They are used to their professional practice being questioned and have probably dealt with or had colleagues who have dealt with compensation claims in the past. So you should never feel guilty about making a claim for pain or suffering caused. Contact a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to put your mind at ease by answering any questions you may have about the clinical negligence compensation claims process.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping people claim compensation since 2000, and we’re endorsed by Esther Rantzen, who you probably know from the BBC’s ‘That’s Life’ program. We’re here to help you claim the compensation you deserve and to offer confidential, no-obligation advice that will help you decide whether claiming is the right choice for you. Take the 30-second test on our website today and you can find out how much you could claim, or why not pick up the phone and call us? Our friendly, expert team are here 24/7 to take your call.
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown