Death and fatal accidents
We fully appreciate that no amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of a close family member. However, where negligent medical treatment led to their death, you may wish to consider whether you have a compensation claim.
The Clinical Negligence team at BL Claims Solicitors has experience in guiding families through this difficult decision, and the legal process in making a compensation claim. Calculating the amount of compensation that can be claimed for death or fatal accident is very complex but our expertise can ensure that you receive the correct amount of compensation.
Our expert team is often asked to advise and represent families who attend an inquest. An inquest is a legal investigation by a Coroner into a person’s death, including how, when and the circumstances in which the death occurred. Find our more about what an inquest involves and how we can help here - Inquest Solicitors.
Claiming on behalf of the estate
Compensation can be claimed by the executor, administrator or personal representative of the estate. The personal injury claim will cover the pain, suffering and loss of amenity endured by the deceased as a result of negligent medical treatment, together with their past financial loss, and funeral expenses. As with other clinical negligence claims, we must be able to establish that the patient received medical treatment that was below an acceptable standard, and this in turn directly caused injury or death.
No claim for future financial losses can be brought on behalf of the estate. However, a family member may also wish to continue an existing claim for previous substandard medical treatment which caused harm, even if this did not lead directly to their loved one’s death.
Claims by dependants
Dependants of the deceased can also bring a claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. A bereavement award can be claimed for the death of a spouse or other immediate family member, which was caused by negligence. There is a statutory award of £12,980 and the list of relatives who can claim is restricted. We are happy to advise on this point further.
The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 also provides for people who were financially dependent upon the deceased to claim for loss of financial support as well as funeral expenses.
If we are able to obtain an admission of liability for your loved one’s death, then we are more than happy to try and secure an interim payment on your behalf so that your financial worries can be eased whilst your claim is concluded.
Our clients choose BL Claims Solicitors to assist with fatal compensation claims because:
- We are acknowledged leaders in the field
- Our legal team has, collectively, many years experience in successful clinical negligence and personal injury compensation claims
- We talk to our clients in jargon-free language
- We are members of industry bodies and panels related to personal injury, which means that BL Claims Claims is recognised as being a leader in the legal industry
- You will discuss your case with a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset
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