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£2 Million Medical Negligence Claim As GP Misses Suicidal Patient

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A 53 year old man whose suicidal tendencies were not picked up by his GP has received a £2million settlement after a failed suicide attempt has left him severely disabled.

Mr S contacted his GP in December with recurrent psychiatric symptoms but no referral was made to the relevant support network.  Unfortunately he went on to attempt suicide by hanging himself only 5 months later.

He was found in time to save his life and successfully resuscitated, however has been left confined to a wheelchair, has severe brain injuries, impairment of motor function in his upper limbs, his hand movements are limited to gross gripping, he has impaired cognitive function and incontinence, with a total lack of capacity and communication skills.

The GPs insurers made a settlement of £2 million ahead of the trial which was due to take place in July this year.

Commenting on the case, Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Jacqueline White, said:

“It is a worrying trend that male suicide is a growing modern problem and one that all sectors of society should be aware of.

Had my client received earlier psychiatric care maybe he would not have suffered in the way he did and be left with the long term physical problems he now has to face daily, the compensation award goes on to reflect that gross negligence and will help fund accommodation and care with his family”.

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Written by Jacqueline White


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