If you have suffered psychiatric damage as a result of negligent medical treatment, then you could have a clinical negligence claim and may receive compensation. Psychiatric damage is the ‘sudden appreciation of a horrifying event which violently agitates the mind’.
For a psychiatric injury claim, you can be a primary victim or a secondary victim.
A primary victim is usually involved in the traumatic event in question.
A secondary victim may not be involved in the traumatic event but they may witness it.
Examples of psychiatric injury can include where a patient was -
- Discharged from hospital without care plans or supervision (after being suicidal or depressed)
- During birth – when a mother is giving birth and the baby is affected/injured as a result of negligent medical treatment
- Injury/Suicide during psychiatric unit – This can occur when the psychiatric unit fails to take into account any symptoms or risks of new patients. It can also occur when a patient is not correctly supervised