Fatal Claims & Inquests

When someone close to you such as a family member, other relative or friend dies it is often devastating and traumatic.  Understandably, your first thoughts may not be suspicion over whether the death could have been avoided and whether there may be a claim for compensation. However, if you suspect that their death could have been avoided or more done to prolong life, we can investigate a potential negligence claim on your behalf.

We can help guide you through the difficult process following the tragedy including considering the Death Certificate, whether there is or should be a post-mortem and if an Inquest is to be arranged.  If the death was sudden and unexpected or unusual it may be reported to the Coroner who may arrange a post-mortem and thereafter an Inquest which involves an investigation into how, where and when the death occurred.

We can assist you with advice and representation at the Inquest Hearing which may help you not only deal with “closure” but also provide vital evidence as to what exactly happened in the events leading up to the death and may help inform any potential claim for compensation, if for instance the Coroner’s verdict is neglect.

Common Compensation Claims

If a claim is possible, we will advise you who is entitled to claim and what claims can be brought such as the following: –

  • Statutory bereavement damages (a set lump sum currently £12,980)
  • Funeral and burial costs (including flowers, headstone costs etc.)
  • Financial dependency claims (if a surviving spouse or child was financially dependent upon the income of the deceased)
  • Loss of a parent’s services
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased immediately prior to death

Our Client Promise

Our expert Medical Negligence Lawyers will be able to advise you on whether you have a good chance of claiming compensation, as well as assessing your claim’s value. All of our initial consultation work is free and the vast majority of claims go on to be funded by a conditional fee agreement (also known as “no win, no fee”).

Call our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors now on 0844 800 9860 for a free consultation or contact us online.


26th October 2017

Law Society Excellence Awards 2017 – Winners

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Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year

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