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Suicide in the care home

Suicide in the care home

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  • Advice

    Suicide may well be the result of severe depression, a feeling of complete desperation, this may, or may not have been recorded by personnel at the home. As we get older, we may become more placid, more withdrawn, the truth is that a suicidal thought can come in an instant, a sudden wave of despair can cause an action that ends in the loss of life. A suicide renders the care home liable in any case for clinical negligence, as such all suicides must be investigated to check if staff were to blame.

    It is common for patients to feel alone and lonely, feeling that they are a burden in some way. With the right nursing supervision, medication, support and understanding these unpleasant incidents can be avoided. 


    How we can help

    Lestons can assist the police with their investigation, however, in practice, we would normally stand aside to let them do their job unless they need an expert analysis for medication tests etc where our experts may be more readily available. If the home is found guilty on any point, then we step in to file damages (compensation) claims, these do not bring your loved one back but do impart a sense of justice. Once you have informed the police then we would suggest you obtain their lead contact and open a case informing us of their contact information.


    To gain our assistance you need to open a case, this is done by taking advantage of our free consultation service, activated by the link at the top of the page, should you wish to start a case the caseworker will send you the suitable payment link. Please note your caseworker can only give generic advice, their role is to prepare your details for handling by our legal team and to act as your point of contact, they will also issue you with your Password and PIN, these will be needed to log onto your client dashboard. From your dashboard you will be able to manage and view every aspect of your case, upload documents, images, files etc.

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