The loss of a loved one is always heart-breaking, but feeling or knowing that their death could have been prevented must cause unimaginable pain for those left behind. Unfortunately, this is often the case in circumstances where medical negligence has led to the death of a patient.
In cases where poor medical treatment is suspected as a contributing factor in a fatal injury, the first stage is usually an Inquest. Here, the Coroner will conduct an investigation and may require the medical team who treated the deceased to give evidence under cross-examination. Members of the deceased’s family will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the Inquest, either directly or through a lawyer, which can often provide them with some much-needed answers. If the Inquest suggests that medical negligence did occur, a claim can then be pursued. It is possible for the deceased’s family to claim financial compensation for the loss of their loved one if they were dependent upon him or her as well as compensation for the suffering of the patient themselves before their death. Certain family members can also claim a bereavement award.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of medical negligence, it’s time to talk to Your Legal Friend. We have years of experience working on medical negligence cases, many of which have arisen from the death of a patient. From a legal point of view, we know how complicated these cases can be. We are committed to guiding you through every step of the process and will ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts to guarantee the best results for you.
We strongly believe in the value of meeting our clients face-to-face, so that we can make sure all of your individual needs are being met. Because of the personal nature of medical negligence cases, we are happy to visit clients at home when appropriate. That way, you can discuss your claim in the privacy and safety of familiar surroundings, with the support of friends and family. Your Legal Friend will do whatever it takes to make the process of claiming as easy as possible. With no upfront fees or payments necessary get in touch today to find out more.
What is a fatal injury?
‘Fatal injury’ is the term used to describe any injury sustained by the victim that results in death. When a fatal injury is caused by medical negligence, there are a number of ways that the injury could have been caused.
This is sometimes referred to as a ‘medical accident’ or a ‘patient safety incident’.