Making a wrongful death compensation claim is often the last thing on your mind as you grieve for a loved one. However, starting investigations as soon as you can, when the detail of what happened is still fresh in everyone's minds, is essential to ensure that evidence is not lost.
These can be complex, lengthy and demanding cases, especially if an inquest is held. Some people may be content to receive an apology when treatment fell short of the required standards so they can move on and begin to deal with their loss. A formal complaint within six months of the death should get a response from the NHS Trust or the private consultant or surgeon involved. That in itself may be sufficient to put your mind at ease.
If the death was considered ‘suspicious’ and an inquest is to be held, it’s crucial that you contact us before the inquest takes place. This gives us the time to obtain the evidence we need, including the medical records, to put us in the strongest position to help.
Having legal representation at an inquest also means there is someone who can guide you through the process and explain what's happening. Although the inquest will not apportion blame for the death, it can provide information that could be helpful to your wrongful death claim.
It was thanks to our thorough investigation and expertise that we were able to get the closure Andrew O'Hara deserved following the death of his wife. Thanks to our due diligence and dogged determination a settlement was secured, and the hospital accepted responsibility for his wife's death.
If you wish to make a fatal medical negligence claim, we have the expertise and compassion to help. Our knowledge and experience will ensure we carry out a thorough investigation to help maximise the amount of compensation you could be awarded. If you feel you may have a case, call us on 0808 231 1564 or send us a message for a free initial consultation and we can give you the benefit of all our experience and knowhow.