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Fatal Claims & Inquests

Compensation for the death of a loved one

What is involved?

The loss of a loved one is traumatic for the whole family. Sadly, in some circumstances, the death could have been caused by errors in medical treatment. Fatal accident claims are complex and are often more difficult to pursue because the person who has received the treatment is no longer alive to provide their version of events.

We are here to help you through the difficult process of investigating what went wrong.

Sometimes a death will be reported to the Coroner and an inquest will be held. This applies when the death is sudden, and the cause is unknown. We can advise you on the process of an inquest and represent you in The Coroner’s Court. Our team can also help with questions about wills, death certificates or witnesses.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our experienced solicitors have dealt successfully with many fatal medical negligence claims
  • We can offer you a FREE initial interview and advise on whether you might have a claim
  • You can rely on our specialist clinical negligence lawyers to be sensitive and supportive

Our Clinical Negligence team is renowned for their empathy towards clients and expert knowledge. They have dealt with fatal accident claims including surgical errors, delay in diagnosis of cancer, failure to diagnose and treat heart disease, delay in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, failures in care provided to elderly patients and stillbirth.

Call or email our Clinical Negligence team now to see how we can help you.

If your claim is successful, you may be able to claim compensation for:

  • Bereavement award – up to £12,980 is payable to the surviving husband or wife, or the parents of a child who has died under the age of 18
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of dependency – this includes loss of income as a result of death of spouse, co-habitee, child or grandparent
  • Loss of services – compensation for the help that the deceased provided in the family home such as childcare or DIY
  • In certain circumstances you may be eligible for compensation if you develop a psychiatric illness as a result of the death of a family member

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"I thank you for all your help in dealing with my case. Not just your professionalism, but the kindness you showed in the way you dealt with everything, during what has been a most difficult time for me."


"The firm is very organised and has great communication skills."


"Very good-quality work and high-value work; they get a lot of work locally and nationwide. Their client service is superb."

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)


"The lawyers take an incredibly thorough approach to every case."


"The go-to firm for all clinical negligence claims."

(The Legal 500, 2015)

Notable Work

  • Represented the family of a wife and mother who died as a result of incorrect treatment of cancer – £400,000 settlement achieved.
  • A claim for the family of a man who died as a result of substandard care after his endotracheal tube became dislodged. Substantial settlement obtained.
  • The estate and partner of a deceased man instructed us following his death from a cerebral infarction after receiving pain relieving injections. It was alleged that the deceased had not been warned about the full risks associated with the procedure and was not afforded a reasonable standard of care during the injections. Compensation received of over £90,000.
  • Obtained a settlement of £32,000 for the mother of a baby which was stillborn due to negligent obstetric care at The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
  • A settlement of £50,000 was secured for the parents of a baby who died at only two days old as a result of the mismanagement of his mother’s labour at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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