Mental health solicitors

The awareness for mental health has never been greater. However, at Talbots Law, we think there’s still room to grow. Around one in three people in the UK will experience mental health issues during their life, and if it happens to be you or a family member or friend, we want to make sure that your rights are protected and you’ve got a support network to rely on.

Boasting an expert team of mental health solicitors, we believe that it’s our duty to defend the vulnerable of society. That’s why for years, we’ve been representing patients to ensure the highest quality of care is being provided and our client’s rights are respected. If you are unable to manage your affairs or fight legal battles due to mental incapacity, your interests, wishes and wellbeing should all still be protected. At Talbots Law, our sensitive but efficient approach allows us to do just this. We’ll be here when you need us the most, to provide guidance and advice on a range of matters regarding mental health law.

Why choose Talbots mental health solicitors?

When it comes to choosing a legal professional, you need someone who is not only a specialist in the field of mental health, but someone who listens to you. When you instruct one of our mental health lawyers, that’s exactly what you’ll get. What we’ll never do is make decisions off the back of assumptions. Instead, we’ll take the time to get to know you as an individual, understanding your needs so we can provide a service that’s tailored to you. With vast experience in the sector, we’ll have your back no matter how complex your case. Perhaps you need help making a medical negligence claim, or you would like to draft a Power of Attorney to safeguard your assets. We can also represent you at hospital hearings and mental health tribunals. All in all, there is no challenge too great for us as our priority is your wellbeing.

Mental health law FAQ

What are my rights as an informal patient?
If you have checked yourself into hospital seeking treatment for a mental health condition, you have the following rights:

  • The right to leave the ward when you choose
  • The right to refuse treatment and/or medication

If you do choose to leave the ward or refuse treatment, your doctor may still request to talk to you regarding your condition and over all wellbeing.

What are my rights as a formal patient?
If you or someone you know is being kept in a hospital or ward for treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983 possibly without consent, you may not have the right to leave the hospital freely when you choose. However, you still have the following rights:

  • The right to all the information on why you are being detained
  • The right to receive support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • The right to appeal
  • The right to complain to the Care Quality Commission
  • The right to making certain telephone calls.
  • The right to vote

If you would like more information on your rights as a formal patient, contact one of our expert mental health solicitors today.

Do I have to tell my employer about my mental health issues?
Under the Disability Discrimination Act, or DDA, anyone suffering from a disabling condition – either physical or mental, is not required to disclose it to his or her employer. Ultimately, it’s your choice. Disclosing your mental health issue could be beneficial as your workplace should be understanding of any difficulties you have in carrying out tasks, and should try to make adjustments that would be helpful to you.

If you, a family member or friend is affected by a mental health issue and you wish to seek legal advice or representation, the team of mental health solicitors at Talbots Law are available when you need us the most. Call us today on 0800 118 1500 to get started.

 

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