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If you have suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide, it is likely to have been a time of great distress, for not only you, but your whole family.
However, if your relative was meant to be under the care of a mental health professional at the time, the situation could become even more painful.
When a mental health facility is brought in to care for a patient who is at risk of harming themselves, it is their duty to ensure they are looked after, protected and safe. Most of the time, this type of care is provided to a high standard, but sometimes, avoidable mistakes do occur, which in extreme cases can lead to a patient’s death.
Starting a medical negligence claim can help bereaved families find out what went wrong and why, as well as who is accountable for their loss. In some cases, families could be entitled to compensation to help cover the cost of funeral expenses.
Although this money will not make up for the pain and suffering caused by your family member’s death, it may help towards getting your life back on track.
If you are living with the loss of a family member following poor care while they were a psychiatric inpatient, Ramsdens Solicitors can provide support and guidance at this incredibly difficult time. We know the thought of kick-starting legal proceedings can seem daunting, but we are dedicated to making this process as easy as possible for you and your family.
We have dealt with many cases of this nature, so are best placed to provide valuable support that is easy to understand. What’s more, we know it is important for you to feel your best interests are being looked after where many health professionals have otherwise failed.
Your loved one may have been under the supervision of mental health staff who were aware that they were at risk of suicide, and we are dedicated to provide legal advice of the highest standard to support you through this difficult time.