Doctors and medical professionals have a legal duty to put the best interests of their patients first, to treat their patients with respect and consideration, and to provide a decent standard of care at all times.
This duty applies whether the patient’s ailments are physical or psychiatric, and if you receive injury as a result of negligent psychiatric treatment, you may be able to claim compensation for any damage caused.
With an estimated 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems every year, it seems that psychiatric care is falling far behind the quality of care available for physical ailments.
At the forefront of the issue, a lack of funding for mental health services in the UK is significantly limiting doctors’ and medical professionals’ abilities to provide sufficient psychiatric care to those who need it. Although mental health makes up 28% of the ‘disease burden’ in England, only 13% of public funding is set aside for psychiatric care services.
Too many psychiatric care providers are overworked and undervalued and the unfortunate result is long delays in assessments, referrals, and treatment within reasonable timeframes, and individuals slipping through the cracks sometimes resulting in tragedy.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury, or fatal loss as a result of psychiatric treatment because a medical professional:
- Failed to diagnose you, diagnosed you incorrectly, or delayed diagnosing you
- Delayed referring you for further assessment or treatment
- Prescribed inappropriate medication or kept you on medication for much longer than needed
- Failed to assess whether there are any physical reasons for your psychiatric condition
- Failed to follow up care and treatment or failed to review your condition on a regular basis
- Ignored or failed to notice any risk of suicide or expressions of suicidal thoughts and feelings
Then our skilled and compassionate medical negligence solicitors can advise you on making a civil court claim. Depending on the severity of the negligence, you could receive significant compensation for things like physical injury, psychiatric injury (such as the onset or worsening of mental health conditions), financial loss (such as loss of earnings), or loss of quality of life.
For confidential and sympathetic advice regarding psychiatric injury claims, get in touch with our medical negligence lawyers by calling (0333 123 9099) or emailing email@example.com.
Our medical negligence solicitors’ expertise
We have extensive experience helping clients affected by the underfunding of NHS health services, including cases of delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment, failure to refer, and failure to follow-up or review on a regular basis.
We can assist in matters involving mental and psychiatric conditions or symptoms, including:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Postnatal Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mania or hypomania
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Dissociative disorders
- Drugs and alcohol
- Suicidal thoughts, feelings, and ideations
We understand how frustrating and upsetting it is to suffer unnecessary harm due to the actions or inactions of someone else, or, in some cases, the tragic loss of a family member due to suicide, because health practitioners did not listen to cries for help.
Medical negligence compensation claims can be stressful. We understand that you may feel wary about exposing yourself to further trauma. We also understand that if you are representing a loved one who has taken their own life as a result of medical negligence, you are probably grieving. You may want answers and an inquest can help to find out what happened and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the loss.
Our goal is to conduct your claim sensitively but smoothly and efficiently. We always tailor our approach according to your individual circumstances as well as handling every aspect of the claim on your behalf, taking the weight off you as much as possible.
In some cases, the NHS trust or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) responsible for your injuries will be keen to settle the matter amicably, meaning you probably won’t have to start legal action.