Psychiatry Psychiatry

Allowing patient to leave a residential psychiatric clinic unescorted

We have recently settled a case for £850,000. Allegations related to negligence in allowing the Claimant to leave the Priory Clinic unescorted leading to major multiple injuries including a severe head injury as a result of a suicide attempt. Interestingly, this involved allegations that the patient should not have been allowed to leave the Clinic unescorted even though he was not at the time detained under the Mental Health Act.