Wrongful Death Claim
Any death which has occurred because of professional or medical negligence, or care below a reasonable standard, which could have been prevented is a wrongful death. If a patient dies as a result of medical negligence, a wrongful death claim can potentially be brought by the surviving members of the victim’s family or Executor of their Estate.
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When a wrongful death occurs due to medical negligence, it is a tragedy. It is always left to family and friends to try and sort out their finances, plan for the funeral and attempt to move on with their lives.
Claims can arise in a variety of different medical settings including hospitals, care homes and even at home following medical treatment.
You are also able to claim the funeral costs. In most circumstances, you are also able to seek compensation for yours and your family’s grief and suffering.
Our Medical Negligence team can support you with your wrongful death claim and they have experience dealing with difficult and complicated cases.
You may be able to make a claim if you are the surviving spouse, civil partner, next of kin or parent of a child under the age of 18 for the loses caused by the wrongful death which can include:
- A statutory bereavement award if the claim is made by a surviving spouse or a parent on behalf of a child under the age 18
- Compensation for any pain and suffering that could have been avoided
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of love and affection
- Loss of financial dependency including loss of earnings and/or pension
- Loss of services provided such as care, home maintenance etc
There may also be a claim for other losses that will would need to be considered depending on the individual circumstances of the claim.
Our Medical Negligence specialists can support you with your wrongful death claim and they have experience dealing with difficult and complicated cases.
Think you have a case for Medical Negligence?
Are you thinking of making a Medical Negligence Claim? See below advice on what you should do to prepare:
Why choose us for a Wrongful Death claim?
We will advise on the merits of every wrongful death claim brought to us, and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.
We appreciate that worry about costs can be a barrier to getting professional help – don’t let it stop you. If we believe you have a claim, then we can potentially pursue it via one of a number of funding options or fee arrangements such as ‘no win, no fee’.
If you choose us to look after your claim, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:
- Earning the maximum possible compensation settlement for clients
- Removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process and communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
- Remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your right
Free drop in sessions
We run free drop in sessions for new wrongful death claim clients every week, with no appointment necessary:
- Sheffield Office – Tuesday 10am – 4pm
- Barnsley Office – Wednesday 10am – 4pm
- Rotherham Office – Thursday 10am – 4pm
By telephone; We also hold free 30 minute telephone consultations – just call 0114 2496661 on Tuesday or Thursday 2pm – 5pm (for any office).
Medical Negligence Claims Advice
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.
Professionally, this is a group of highly skilled, very diligent medical negligence lawyers who scrutinise every aspect of a claim, and represent their clients tirelessly. Very simply, they want to give people the best possible chance of continuing their lives with the requisite financial and medical support.
Personally, they are down to earth, friendly and approachable people whom you can talk to and confide in. They’ve seen most things and understand how these traumatic incidents can devastate lives, gauging the true cost of the physical, psychological and emotional damage sustained. They will listen and encourage and then use their technical skills to translate everything that they’ve heard and felt into positive action for you.
The prestigious Chambers UK guide ranks the department highly and says Howells “noteworthy team” offers “a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience of claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital and A&E care and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, including cauda equina syndrome cases.” “Interviewees highlight the lawyers for their “strong client-driven approach to the work.”
Head of department Michelle Gyte is named as a Star Associate, who “is well regarded in the clinical negligence field. She advises on claims arising from delays in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other conditions. She also acts on cauda equina syndrome cases and fatality claims.”
The Legal 500 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying the firm “is recognised for its ‘longstanding experience in the field’ of clinical negligence and its ‘personal attention to clients’. The practice has expertise in niche claims such as those relating to prison healthcare, walk in centres, provision of mental health care and human rights considerations. The team also handles wrongful birth claims, delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, substandard orthopaedic surgery claims as well as representing clients at inquests. In addition, it is one of the few practices with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise. The ‘very experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor’ Michelle Gyte is singled out for having ‘managed many high value claims’.