Fatal Accident Claims after Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence occurs when a doctor or physician acts in a manner which inadvertently leads to more injury and damage to the patient; this could consist of misdiagnosis, the wrong treatment, failure to diagnose and treat, or even mishaps during a procedure or surgery. Millions of medical errors occur around the world each year, and some of these even result in the deaths of the patients. If you or a loved one has been wronged, there are instances when you can make fatal accident claims after medical negligence.

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This means, first of all, that someone has to make the fatal accident claims in the name of the deceased; normally, this would be done by a spouse or relatives, and almost never by friends of the family. To begin with, you have to make sure that you have a case, and that the negligence can be proven and shown that it led to the death of your loved one. For this difficult endeavor, you will need the help and representation of a medical negligence solicitor, who has experience and knows what you must do in order to succeed. A compensation claim case has even more chances of success if it can be shown that you and the family have suffered from this traumatic event, and even more so if the deceased was the main, or sole breadwinner of the house.

Much like a life insurance policy, these fatal accident claims can serve to compensate and protect the rest of the family for the loss of an important member who supported them. And although all the money in the world cannot replace a person, or alleviate the loss, it can secure your future and give you peace of mind at least from this point of view. The cases will differ from situation to situation, but there are a few instances when you can claim compensation for fatal medical negligence:

  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of care and attention
  • Bereavement award
  • Loss of financial dependency
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You cannot claim compensation for all of those reasons, unless your case is truly special and meets all the requirements; for example, to claim bereavement award and damages for loss of care, you need to be the spouse of the deceased and parent of a child that has not yet reached the age of 18. If you want to claim loss of dependency and funeral costs, you have to be a relative of the deceased, but you can also sometimes do it if you and/or others where financially dependent on the deceased, whether you were related or not. If you can prove that the deceased supported you finally, then you’ve got a chance at compensation.

These are some of the basic facts that you need to know about fatal accident claims; these do not occur often and nor do the compensation claims, because they need to meet very specific requirements. Yet with the help of an experienced solicitor, anything is possible.

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