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Fatal negligence claims

If a family member or partner passes away due to substandard medical care, it can be hard to know what to do next. We’re here to offer advice.

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What is fatal negligence?

Fatal negligence is where a patient passes away as a direct result of substandard medical care. If you have been unfortunate enough to lose a loved one due to medical negligence then it can be difficult to know what to do next.

Here at First4Lawyers we appreciate that preparing funeral arrangements, having to go through an inquest and rebuilding your own life and the lives of those around you takes time. Whatever your situation, help is at hand.

Examples of how fatal negligence could happen include:

  • Failure to diagnose
    Not spotting terminal illness can be hugely distressing both for the family and the patient. In cases like this, we should be able to help.
  • Pharmacy errors
    Being given the wrong prescription or even the incorrect dosage could be fatal.
  • Surgical errors
    If something were to go wrong while undergoing an operation, either down to negligence from the surgeon or faulty medical equipment, fatal negligence could be a possible outcome.
  • Poor medical care
    This is where death results from doctors, surgeons and GPs failing in their duty to look after their patients.

Who could be at fault?

It depends on the cause of death. If it happens in a hospital, then the NHS Trust or private healthcare company running it are at fault. However, in some circumstances, the individual surgeon, GP or pharmacist might be culpable if they made the error themselves.

How much can I claim?

Claiming for the loss of a loved one is about more than just obtaining compensation. It is about finding answers to why they died, seeking justice for their memory and making sure no one else suffers like they did. Fatal negligence cases can be awarded upwards of £100,000, depending on how preventable the death was while in the care of medical professionals.
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How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How long do I have to claim?

Even though we understand that the pain and suffering associated with losing a loved one isn't something that can easily be overcome, if possible it is best to enquire about claims as soon as you can. It can be difficult discussing the circumstances that lead to the loss of a loved one, but our specially trained advisors will treat you with patience and sensitivity.

I’ve lost a loved one due to fatal negligence. What should I do?

If you’ve lost a loved one due to medical negligence, then consider contacting First4Lawyers. Our team of medical negligence specialists will work for you to obtain the answers you are looking for, the compensation you need to rebuild your life, and the support you need to move on.

We will handle the process of making a claim for you and will be able to seek answers around the cause of death. You may have already had an inquest into the cause of death, but if this has only led to further confusion for you, let us help on your behalf.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

Claiming against your General Practitioner (GP) is classed as medical negligence.

In medical negligence cases, then claim is made against the GP, who will be insured for these situations.

Common causes for claims made against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Need more answers? Find more information on our GP or NHS negligence page.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis, wrong tooth removal, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee arrangements can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee agreements in medical negligence cases. 

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