Death due to Medical Negligence
Due to a medical condition or situation death can occur. Sometimes sadly this is unavoidable.
Where death should not have happened there can be a claim for compensation for negligence.
Death may have occurred because signs or treatments were missed or it may be that surgical mistakes were made.
In these circumstances we recognise that a family will need help and advice. An inquest or post mortem may be called or you may to deal with the provisions of a will and getting probate or even the lack of a will and letters of administration.
We can help with all of this. We have a proven track record of helping people in such circumstances. We will provide practical help. We can represent you at the inquest with the probate, with the process of getting compensation, and, where liability is established, get an apology from those responsible.
We will also guide you through the complexities of the legislation that applies to such claims, namely the Fatal Accidents act and the Law Reform Miscellaneous Provisions Act. Wherever possible we will ensure that the claim includes both the estate of the deceased and those left behind who relied on them.
Our recent cases:-
Mrs H was initially admitted to hospital with a suspected blockage to her bowel due to umbilical hernia. She deteriorated over the weekend. The hospital had failed to spot and treat a perforation of her caecum . As a consequence Mrs H developed, peritonism, acute renal failure and as a consequence died. The estate recovered £165000.
DS who was admitted through A&E 2 with abdominal pain and a diagnosis of urinary tract infection based on a urine dipstick. She was discharged without any further investigation and readmitted with renal failure and sepsis. Our client’s motivation for the case was to prevent poor treatment in future. Following our investigation the hospital admitted negligence and issued a formal letter of apology to the relatives apologising and setting out the lessons that had been learnt for future improvements in treatment.