Mental Health Death
The death of a loved one when resident in a mental health facility can be a truly devastating time. There may be many unanswered questions about how they died following assessment or treatment.
Family members often ask themselves and the institution, why their loved one was not kept safe. Particularly as that was the desired ole fo the Institution in the fiirst place.
- Where a patient has absconded from a unit due to not bring secure / observed properly
- Where the death occurs due to failures in properly assessing their risk level or through issues with frequency or quality of observations
- Death arising through misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment
- deaths arising as a result of another patient’s conduct or violence
- Suicide whilst detained under a mental health section
- Medication concerns, for example inappropriate prescriptions or drugs.
An ‘Article 2’ inquest will be held where the death occurred whilst under a formal mental health section, and if someone has died without a formal section, where attending on a voluntary basis or where they have recently discharged from a facility, or where they were under the care of community mental health services.
Inquests into the death of a loved one who suffered from mental health problems, whether acute or long-standing, often include the disclosure of large volumes of medical and psychiatric records, drug charts and witness statements from various health professionals. Our inquest specialists are experienced in dealing with inquests of this kind and can guide you through the process, advising you on each stage.
We can also advise you on bringing a claim for compensation after the inquest (or if an inquest was not held for any reason).