Fatal Medical Negligence Claims

Claim Compensation for Fatal Medical Negligence

If a family member dies as a result of negligent medical care, our expert solicitors can guide you compassionately through the claims process.

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  • “Really great clinical negligence practice, staffed by experienced practitioners who know how NHS Trusts work. They also build great rapport with clients.”

  • “She works tirelessly for her clients and is incredibly focused on their needs. Attention to detail is key and she is meticulous.”

Expert support for medical negligence death compensation

This page will help you understand what your options are and answer many of your questions. You will learn more about our experience in fatal medical negligence claims, and what you can expect from our lawyers. Finally, you can find out how we have helped other families achieve high-value compensation awards following a death by medical negligence.

Specialist medical knowledge and understanding

By choosing Osbornes Law, you will have a professional and understanding team in your corner that will work tirelessly to help you get the answers and compensation you are looking for. Our team is led by Stephanie Prior, who before becoming a lawyer, worked within the NHS as a nurse. This means that Stephanie knows NHS procedures inside and out, is fluent in medical terminology and is able to spot inconsistencies in medical records. Our specialist solicitors are also members of the Action Against Medical Accidents and the Law Society’s panel for medical negligence solicitors.

 Medical fatality claims and coroner’s inquests

While most healthcare practitioners work to very high standards, sometimes a mistake can happen and a patient will tragically lose their life. This will be an incredibly traumatic experience for the family and friends of the deceased. With any death due to medical negligence, you may be owed compensation from the NHS or private practitioners to help reduce the financial burden, and offer some sense of justice.

We have dealt with complex medical fatalities for over 40 years now. Our involvement can not only help you to get the compensation you need but also make sure that the same mistake does not happen to anyone else.

We can also provide assistance with Coroner’s Inquest hearings. These hearings are an opportunity for bereaved families to ask questions, get answers, and gain a sense of closure.

If you have lost a loved one due to fatal clinical negligence, please contact our expert team today.

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    Fatal medical negligence claims FAQ

    What are fatal medical negligence claims?

    If a clinician makes a mistake and the patient dies as a result, the family of the deceased may be able to make a claim for compensation. The test is whether the medical professional failed in their duty of care to the patient. Usually, this means the clinician has gone against standard operating procedures, practices and advice.

    Common medical negligence death cases include:

    • Errors made in surgery that could have been prevented if something had been done differently
    • Surgery that took place when it wasn’t actually required
    • Delayed diagnosis so the condition was no longer treatable
    • Misdiagnosis of a condition which meant the real condition wasn’t treated
    • Negligent care in a hospital or care facility
    • Medication errors where the patient was given incorrect medication that caused their death
    • Childbirth errors which led to the death of the mother or baby

    A medical death in any scenario will usually open up the possibility of a compensation claim. Please call us as soon as you are able to discuss your situation.

    Who can bring a fatal medical mistakes claim?

    In theory, any close family member who suffers as a result of the death can claim for medical negligence compensation. However, it is usually the children, spouse or civil partner of the deceased who will bring the claim. Dependents who relied on the deceased for financial support can claim for the financial losses they suffer as a result of their loved one’s death.

    Are there any time limits to bringing a fatal medical negligence claim?

    In most cases, you must start your fatal injuries compensation claim within three years of the date of the negligent medical treatment. If you do not immediately link the death to the actions of medical staff, then the three-year time limit will start to run on the date you learn about the medical mistake.

    With any medical negligence claim, it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This will give us plenty of time to take some early steps, such as making a complaint to the NHS or medical practitioner concerned. Medical professionals are bound by what is called the ‘duty of candour.’ This means they must be open when things go wrong and apologise, which can be used to secure an early admission of liability.

    How much compensation for medical negligence resulting in death?

    Receiving compensation will not bring your loved one back, but it can help protect you against the financial consequences of their death. We work out how much compensation you will get based on a number of things including:

    • Loss of your loved one’s salary and benefits
    • The pain and suffering your loved one may have experienced before death
    • Funeral costs
    • Medical expenses

    Everyone’s situation is different. With over 40 years of experience in negotiating fatal medical negligence claims, we’ll make sure your compensation covers your needs so your family will be financially secure in the future.

    What happens at a coroner's inquest?

    When someone dies, a doctor will issue a certificate stating the cause of death. In some rare cases, however, a coroner may launch an inquest into the circumstances of the death. This might happen if the death occurred during surgery, or the death had no explainable cause. The purpose of the inquest is to find out why and how the person died.

    For relatives of the deceased, a coroner’s inquest is often a highly emotional experience. Taking a legal representative to the hearing will ensure that the right questions are asked so you get the answers you are looking for. This will help you come to terms with what happened, and it can also help to gather important information regarding a potential medical negligence claim.

    In some circumstances, a coroner is able to make factual findings of failures in the care or treatment of your loved one. These findings can be helpful if a family chooses to pursue a claim for compensation.

    • Stephanie has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.

      Chambers UK

    • "An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior takes on complex cases and gets excellent results. She has a background in medicine which serves her clients well and is a realistic but tough litigator."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is hugely dedicated, adored by her clients, tenacious, efficient and extremely knowledgeable."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is very good with troubled clients and is easily able to make them feel at ease."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie shows sensitivity and deals with things in an understanding way."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • "Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes."

      Legal 500 2020 - Stephanie Prior

    • "Solid personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims arising from fatalities and severe head and spinal injuries."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stuart is also very experienced in advising on fatal accidents and workplace accidents."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stephanie Prior... manages a varied caseload, including obstetric claims, child and adult brain injury cases and fatal and non-fatal spinal cord injury cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stephanie is experienced, knowledgeable of all aspects of clinical negligence work, and strategic in running cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "The team were extremely professional in putting my needs first. There was a joined-up approach to catering for the client, and all lawyers involved were briefed and constructive."

      Chambers UK

    • Stephanie Prior is always very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

      Medical Negligence Client

    • Quite simply excellent, with a highly competent and well-rounded team. They understand complex medical litigation and have been our lifesavers, and we will always owe them our immense gratitude.

      Medical Negligence Client

    • Stuart Kightley is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.

      Chambers UK

    Why choose Osbornes as your clinical negligence solicitor?

    You only have one opportunity to make a claim so it is vital that you get the very best representation.

    Osbornes Law is recognised as one of the top firms in the medical negligence field. Many of the families we help want answers, and they want to stop similar tragedies happening to other people. We can guide you through the official complaints process, as well as handling your compensation claim.

    When you contact Osbornes Law, our specialist medical negligence solicitors will assess your claim and tell you whether you have a medical negligence claim. We will advise you on what happens next and the timeline of your claim. All of this is done on a no win no fee basis, meaning you have no financial risk.

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