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01 March 2017
A six-figure settlement was awarded to the family of a mother who committed suicide while under care of mental health services as a result of negligent treatment.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Martyn Elliott is a principal lawyer, specialising in clinical negligence claims at Slater and Gordon in Wrexham.
Settlement: Six-figure settlement.
What Happened: Our client was admitted to a mental health facility as she had perceived a deterioration in her mental health. Despite a history of self-harming and previous suicide attempts, she was left unattended.
Impact: Our client committed suicide whilst in care.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We were instructed to advise the family in respect of negligence in her care that meant she was left able to harm herself.
We obtained records and a preliminary opinion from an expert psychiatric nurse who supported our initial advice that our client’s injuries could have been prevented.
We requested an inquest, in which evidence was heard that supported our medical negligence claim.
Decision: Settlement was negotiated in an overall six-figure sum and approved by the court, including significant provision for her children. These funds are to be invested by the court until each child’s 18th birthday.
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