Having lost a loved one is an extremely difficult experience and especially a suicide or suicide attempt that was preventable and due to insufficient mental health support and care is hard to cope with. It is a tragedy that leaves family members and friends in hardship. An option could therefore me to claim compensation with the help of an experienced and supportive solicitor.
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If someone seeks mental health support in a very difficult personal time, it can be expected that everything will be done to help them cope and protect them from taking their own life if that is possible. Common problems that can lead to a failure to prevent a suicide are the following:
If any of these things occur at any time of a patient being in mental health care, whether voluntary or involuntary or even without a formal diagnosis at all, an experienced solicitor should be contacted to ensure a through further investigation. This can also be an option if the patient was denied treatment altogether. A claim will then be brought against those responsible.
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The preventable death of a loved one can have devastating consequences for a range of people. In Scotland, the following people are entitled to a claim under the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011:
The amount that can be claimed as compensation always depends on the individual case. An experienced solicitor will be able to asses and makes estimate of what can be claimed for. Generally, it can be taken into account if the people entitled to claim have experienced the following:
Another options in for the executor of the deceased’s estate to make a claim in the deceased’s name for the negligent treatment they have suffered from. An experienced solicitor will know if this is possible in the individual case and who the appointed executor is.
Lastly, it is important to know that there is a three-year time limit for claiming compensation starting with the death of the deceased or the time it was discovered that the suicide was preventable.
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