The loss of a family member is one of the most painful things you will ever have to go through but if you find out that your loved one’s death could have been avoided if medical professionals hadn’t failed in their duty of care, the shock and grief can be devastating.

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are experts in helping families not only secure the maximum compensation available but will help you and your family get the answers you need and ensure that vital lessons are learnt so that no one else has to go through the same heartache.

Compensation can help ensure you and your family have a more financially secure future. We have helped hundreds of people, on a No Win No Fee basis, who have lost loved ones due to:

What is fatal medical negligence?

Fatal medical negligence occurs when medical professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics and other healthcare providers) fail to carry out the necessary care and treatment to an appropriate standard causing a patient to die. Examples of fatal medical negligence include missed or delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, prescription mistakes and hospital-acquired infections.


An inquest is conducted by a coroner to investigate and report on the cause of death.

If the authorities decide there should be a coroners inquest to establish why your family member died, our expert fatal injury solicitors can represent you at the inquest, guiding you through the process every step of the way and ensuring that you get the answers you need to help you deal with your bereavement and understand exactly what happened.

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Public Inquiries for fatal errors

If you have tragically lost a loved one in circumstances that demand a public inquiry or inquest, our specialist expertise in a wide range of medical negligence cases means we have the experience to represent you and your family.

Whatever the situation and no matter how complex or high profile the public inquiry or inquest is, we have the expert legal knowledge and understanding to help ensure  your views are represented and that your questions are answered as part of the process.

How can compensation help?

If your loved one has died due to negligent medical care or treatment, we know that not only will you be suffering tremendous grief you may also be facing financial issues. Securing damages can help compensate you for your pain and suffering in the lead to your loved one’s passing but can also help to pay for things such as: funeral costs, loss of earnings, medical expenses, counselling services, loss of benefits, etc.

Our fatal medical negligence solicitors in BristolCardiffthe Isle of WightPlymouthSalisburySouthampton and Swindon are here for you. To begin your claim, contact us on 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you have three years from the date of your loved ones death to make a claim, or the date you realised their death may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence. Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice. Call our medical negligence team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no obligation chat.

The compensation you receive depends on a number of factors which will all be taken into account. They may include things such as: funeral costs, loss of earnings, medical expenses, counselling services, loss of benefits, etc. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be able to advise you based on your particular circumstances.

Starting a fatal error compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.  

After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.

Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.

From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.

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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.


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