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Detention/sectioning

Under the Mental Health Act, people suffering from different forms of mental disorder can be detained in hospital if it is felt that this is necessary in order to protect their own health or safety or the safety of others. If you, or a loved one, have been sectioned or are facing detention, it can be a distressing time. At QualitySolicitors Knight Polson we’re here to make the process easier by providing the advice and guidance you need.

Although we can’t prevent sectioning, we can help ease the stresses you may be facing by ensuring that you understand your legal rights and by explaining what is likely to happen next. There are certain steps that must be followed by the authorities when sectioning or detaining a patient against their will. We can ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process. If you are detained in hospital you will have a right to appeal to an independent Mental Health Tribunal which can overrule the decision to detain you. If you are the Nearest Relative someone detained in hospital you may be in a position to discharge them from hospital or pursue an appeal on their behalf.   If you wish to appeal against a detention or sectioning we can provide all the support and guidance you need.

If you, or a loved one, have been detained or are about to be sectioned, we can help you understand your legal rights. Call us on 02392 801 102 to speak to our expert mental health solicitors who will be able to answer all of your questions. We speak your language - not legal jargon - and our services are often free of charge for mental health patients. Phone us now to find out if you can apply for Legal Aid.

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