The loss of a loved one is the most painful experience that any person can go through. But knowing that a loved one may have died due to the negligent actions of a medical professional adds significantly to the emotional trauma experienced by those closest to the deceased.
In amidst the grief and confusion of these most painful situations, it can be difficult to make sense of what has happened. If you have any reason to believe your loved one died as a result of negligent care from a medical professional, you may be able to consider a claim for medical negligence.
If you have even the slightest concerns that what happened may have constituted medical negligence and would like to discuss the matter with someone who can help confirm this, speak to one of our specialist medical negligence Solicitors today.
By bringing a claim of this nature, it will likely be under the Fatal Accidents Act.
There were likely several medical professionals who had a role in the care of your loved one, so it is important to distinguish who is accountable for the failings that contributed to the loss of life, to avoid pursuing the wrong person or damaging the chances of claiming against the correct medical professional. The medical professionals most cited in cases of medical negligence are (this is not an exhaustive list):
We are deeply sensitive to the complex and tragic nature of cases involving loss of life. As such we are keen to make sure that the claim is thoroughly explored and only the correct medical professionals are identified in any claim.
If we consider you have a strong case for medical negligence, we will investigate the claim further on your behalf. As part of this process, we will seek (with all necessary written consent) copies of the relevant medical records, and engage a medical professional who can provide expert opinion.
If the claim meets all of the criteria for medical negligence, it will be brought on behalf of the estate of the deceased.
We may also offer to pursue the claim on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and will allow the estate to pursue the claim against the medical professional or hospital without financial implications.
It is advisable to get in contact as soon as you can, given the time limits that exist on fatal accident and medical negligence claims. There is normally a time limit of three years from the date of death to lodging a claim with the court, however, this can sometimes vary in exceptional circumstances.
If you wish to pursue a claim, call our office on 0151 321 1000 to speak to one of our team. You can also visit beenletdown.co.uk to request a call-back for a time that suits you, or to complete our online claims form.