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More about fatal medical negligence claims
Making a 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 mind is essential to ensuring that evidence is not lost.
The death of a loved one may have left you in financial difficulty and the sooner investigations are carried out the quicker compensation can be claimed to relieve that financial burden. If you are able to prove that your loved one's death was caused by medical negligence, the amount you will be able claim will depend on your relationship with them and whether you were dependent on them in some way.
If you have lost a husband or wife or a child under the age of 18 due to medical negligence you will be able to claim a statutory bereavement award, which is currently £12,980. If you were dependent on them for care you will be able to make a claim for the cost of the care provided to you by someone else. If you were financially dependent on them, you will be able to make a claim for loss of that financial dependency. You will also be entitled to claim for the funeral expenses.
A personal representative (executor of a will of administrator of an estate) can make a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate. A spouse, civil partners, co-habitees (of two years or more) parents/guardians, grandparents, siblings and aunts/uncles can also make fatal injury negligence claims as dependents.