Here to support you through a fatal injury claim

If you’ve lost a loved one it will undoubtedly be a very distressing time for you and your family. This is especially the case if you believe the death occurred as a result of an accident or due to substandard care.

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  • Trusted experts in fatal claims
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Our experienced team will investigate the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death.

We will guide you through the process, pursuing your claim efficiently and with tact and understanding.

We have a specialist team dealing with claims where there has been a death due to someone else’s negligence whether that is an individual or an organisation such as an employer, medical provider or public service. We will obtain answers on your behalf and seek full compensation for what happened.

Find out more about our services relating to fatal claims below:

Inquest solicitors
When a loved one dies an inquest provides an opportunity to have your questions answered. Our dedicated solicitors are here to help find the answers you need.
Asbestos and mesothelioma claims
If you have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we can help you seek compensation.
Accident at work claims
If you have suffered an accident at work you may be worried about more than your health. You will be worried about the effect on your income and your family, and want to obtain compensation at the earliest opportunity. That’s where we come in.
Animal accident claims
If you have been injured by an animal, our team of specialist animal accident solicitors are here to help you. The law is complex, and many lawyers brush off animal accidents as ‘just one of those things.’ But not us.
Cycling accident claims
If you have been injured whilst cycling, we can provide specialist legal advice to get you the compensation you deserve. Our team of specialists are all cyclists and bring that passion and insight to your compensation claim following an accident that was not your fault.
Holiday accident claims
If you, or a family member, have had an accident whilst abroad, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our specialist travel and foreign claims team can help you to understand what you are entitled to claim in compensation.
Road traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents are all too common. Whether you’ve been injured as a driver, pedestrian, passenger, motorcyclist, rider or cyclist, you may be entitled to compensation to help you get your life back on track
When can you make a fatal claim?

A fatal claim can be brought when someone has died as a result of negligence. This could be as a result of any substandard treatment, but examples of cases we see include:

  • Death occuring as a result of poor medical treatment, such as misdiagnosis of a serious condition or not receiving proper care for an injury or condition
  • Deaths where an accident that has resulted in a death, for example whilst at work or whilst driving or cycling
  • Deaths in the care of the state, such as in prisons, whilst detained in a mental health units or involving the police

Please contact us if you think the death of your loved one was caused by negligence.

We have a particular specialism in medical negligence, which you can find out more about below.

What compensation is available?

Understanding exactly what happened can be a great comfort. We will do our utmost to explore what went wrong. We are also often able to achieve a formal apology for what happened, which can be the most important part for some families.

Whilst no amount of compensation can make up for the death of a loved one, it can bring peace of mind and ensure financial stability for you and your family.

  • Compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity

    Compensation for pain the deceased suffered prior to their death as a result of negligence.

  • Financial losses of the deceased prior to death

    Any loss of earnings or additional expenses resulting from the negligence before the death, for example when there is injury or disease they may not be able to work or may have to pay for additional care or treatment.

  • Loss of financial

    Where there is a shortfall in the household income as a result of someone’s death, a claim can be made for the difference, both in terms of their earnings and to make up for reduced contribution to pensions.

  • Loss of care

    If the deceased was responsible for caring for any dependants, such as children or elderly relatives then a claim can be made to reflect the additional cost of this care being provided , e.g. if this care now has to be provided by a paid childminder/carer or another family member.

  • Loss of services

    If the deceased contributed in terms of household tasks, such as gardening, DIY, housework then a claim can be made to reflect these services needing to be paid for privately or by another relative.

  • Statutory bereavement award

    This compensation is a one off payment awarded to certain family members when a death occurs. The amount is set down in statute and is currently £15,120 if the death occurred after 1 May 2020.

  • Funeral expenses

    The costs of a funeral can be claimed, together with any reasonable expenses such as the headstone and the cost of a wake.

  • Psychiatric injury and related losses

    In certain situations a claim can be made for those who suffered injury through witnesses distressing events following negligence, for example if a family member witnesses the death of a loved one and suffers psychiatric injury this may impact their ability to work or they may need specialist treatment to support them.

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Recent cases
  • X v Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

    X suffered from a number of falls whilst under the care of Tameside hospital. He had been assessed as ‘high fall risk’ but had not received the required supervision and care to prevent these avoidable falls. A fall on 19 May resulted in a hip fracture leading to developing pneumonia from which he sadly died.

  • SB v Dorset County Hospitals

    SB began experiencing severe abdominal pain and vomiting green and black fluid.  She attended hospital however discharged with no follow up. The following day she collapsed at home suffering a cardiac arrest and died shortly after.  Following an inquest it was found to have a para-umbilical hernia. As a result of excessive vomiting and retching she developed incarceration of her para-umbilical hernia which in turn led to intestinal obstruction, ischaemia and multi-organ failure.

  • CR v University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

    CR had previously had a Type A ascending aortic dissection which was repaired successfully. 2 years following, following a repeat of back pain and shortness of breathe, she attended hospital.  Following delays in assessment, CR  suffered a rupture of the Type B aortic dissection, cardiac arrest and died.

  • SP v Sunnyside Private Nursing Home (1) Frimley Health NHS Trust (2)

    Owing to inaccurate and inadequate levels of PEG feed and fluid, SP suffered avoidable dehydration, inadequate nutrition, significant weight loss and renal impairment. He contracted hospital acquired pneumonia and MRSA which resulted in his death.

  • KB v Bellevue Healthcare (1) South Tees NHS Trust (2)

    KB was diagnosed at an early age with Parkinson’s.  As a result of substandard wound and skin management, she developed a grade 3 pressure sore.  This led to avoidable osteomyelitis, significant pain and a complete reduction in her quality of life prior to her death.

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"Our family will always remain grateful to Ali, Tom and Becky for ensuring the truth about our mother’s tragic death was finally heard and acknowledged. I would not hesitate to recommend their service to others."

Liz
Medical negligence & inquest client
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Services relating to fatal injury claims

We have a wide range of specialist solicitors who can help.

Asbestos and mesothelioma claims
If you have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we can help you seek compensation.
Inquest solicitors
When a loved one dies an inquest provides an opportunity to have your questions answered. Our dedicated solicitors are here to help find the answers you need.
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Medical negligence claims
If you suffer an injury caused by medical negligence, it can have a devastating impact not just on your own lifestyle, but on your whole family’s way of life too. At what may be a particularly distressing time, you want to be sure you can count on expert help.
Cycling accident claims
If you have been injured whilst cycling, we can provide specialist legal advice to get you the compensation you deserve. Our team of specialists are all cyclists and bring that passion and insight to your compensation claim following an accident that was not your fault.
Cancer claims
If you or a loved one suffers from cancer, early diagnosis is vital if you’re to have the best chance of survival. So when initial signs are missed due to someone’s negligence you may be denied the best chance of returning to health. If that’s the case, we can help you make a cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
Hospital negligence claims
When you’ve received medical treatment in hospital that’s gone wrong or led to unexpected complications and injury it is likely to have had a significant impact on your life. If this is the case, our medical negligence solicitors can help obtain you compensation for your injuries and any financial losses.
Road traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents are all too common. Whether you’ve been injured as a driver, pedestrian, passenger, motorcyclist, rider or cyclist, you may be entitled to compensation to help you get your life back on track