When clinical negligence results in death
No amount of money can compensate for the death of a loved one. But if your loved one’s death was as a result of clinical negligence, compensation can provide essential support for the deceased’s dependants, helping ease any financial burdens
When you lose a loved one, compensation can be a lifeline for you after what is undoubtedly an extremely traumatic event. Compensation can also provide crucial support for any dependants the deceased may have.
In general, where clinical negligence has resulted in a death, claims for compensation can include the following:
- a fixed bereavement award. Only certain family members can claim, for instance, a husband or wife, or parents of a deceased child, but a child cannot claim for a deceased parent
- a dependency claim. Only certain family members can bring such a claim, which can include “financial dependency” and “service dependency” (things such as housekeeping, DIY that the deceased previously provided)
- reasonable funeral expenses
- an award for the deceased’s own pain and suffering prior to death
Claims involving the death of a child or an elderly relative can be particularly difficult for families and in such cases, the Court’s ability to award compensation is often limited. We can help guide you through the Court process at this difficult time.
If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim, the sooner we can begin to help you. If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of clinical negligence please contact Anne Cassidy.
We have offices in London, Richmond, Woking, Lymington, Southampton and Guildford. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.