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    No Win No Fee medical negligence compensation claims

    Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, a No Win No Fee agreement removes the financial risk associated with a compensation claim. If your case is not successful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to Birchall Blackburn Law, and an insurance policy covers the defendant’s legal fees. You will have peace of mind and you will not be out of pocket.

    Fatal medical negligence claims

    Our clinical negligence specialist solicitors may be able to support you if you suspect the death of a loved-one was the result of poor medical healthcare. Our dedicated and experienced solicitors will take the time to listen and understand you and your family’s unique needs and circumstances. We will help you claim for compensation as a dependant of the deceased, claim bereavement awards and represent you at inquests into the death of your loved-one.

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    Accredited quality and experience in medical negligence claims

    You can rest assured that our expert specialist clinical negligence solicitors have the expertise and legal knowledge to support your claim for compensation and rehabilitation.

    The Head of our Healthcare & Clinical Risk, and Partner, Andrew Taylor is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Quality Scheme. The Scheme is a recognised standard for quality in Clinical Negligence.

    Solicitor, Partner and Clinical Negligence specialist, Susan Liver is an accredited Person Injury Specialist Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). APIL accreditation provides a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors and counsel dealing with personal injury claims.

    How can we help with a fatal medical negligence claim?

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    Coping with the loss of a person close to you is always difficult but we can help you find answers and relieve some of the financial burdens that come with the passing of a loved-one. You can then focus on supporting those around you and on your own grief.

    We know how vital bereavement damages are to support a family through the sudden and devastating loss of a loved one. We will work with you on a no-win no-fee basis so that you do not have to worry about solicitor fees or legal costs. If for any reason your fatal claim is unsuccessful, you will not be out of pocket.

    Can I claiming bereavement awards for medical negligence and other questions?

    • Can I claim medical negligence compensation as a dependant of the deceased?

      The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows a dependant(s) of the deceased to claim compensation for losses arising from the person’s death. These losses can be both financial and for services, from the date of death up to the point where the deceased would have stopped providing for the dependant(s). For example, when a child of the deceased turns 18-years-old.

      Dependants are usually the spouse, a partner under a civil partnership, an unmarried partner cohabitating for two years or more, and children. In certain cases, it is possible that grandchildren, elderly parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles could have a claim if they were dependent on the deceased in any way.

      Typically a dependant(s) can claim for loss of service (e.g. household chores such as DIY, decorating, gardening and babysitting), loss of intangible benefits (e.g. love, affection and other benefits beyond what maybe provided by financial replacement), gifts (e.g. regular gifts made to spouses, children or grandchildren), and funeral expenses (e.g. the cost for the wake, flowers and headstone).

    • Can I claiming bereavement awards for medical negligence?

      A bereavement award is made under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.  It is a compensation claim following the ‘unlawful death’ of a person cause by the negligent actions of another.

      It is a statutory amount set by the government and is currently £15,120 for incidents after May 01, 2020. To claim bereavement awards, certain criteria must be met. You must be a spouse, civil partner, or parent if the child is under 18. Unmarried couples who have been together for at least two years are also included. The parent of a child who has died can make a claim but, if the child is born out of marriage, only the mother can claim.

      A bereavement award can be claimed in cases of clinical negligence. With a clinical negligence claim, the deceased’s death is caused by the negligence of a medical professional. For example, if a patient dies as a result of misdiagnosis or poor treatment. A bereavement award can be handed out where clinical negligence is proven.

    • Can my clinical negligence solicitor help me and attend the inquest?

      When deaths occur in unusual or unclear circumstances, such as in cases of clinical negligence, an inquest will be held to establish the facts around the death. It is a chance for you to get answers.  Legal representation is the best way to ensure you discover all the facts and find out whether more could have been done to prevent your loved one’s death.

      As well dealing with your own and your family’s grief, inquests can be daunting, lengthy, detailed, and complex. They involve public institutions such as the police, NHS, or prison service. Our specialist solicitors may be able to represent you at inquests, to help guide you through proceedings and to make sure your voice is heard.

      Our solicitors can help secure vital evidence, ask questions of witnesses, raise questions of law, deal with the media, and initiate a civil claim.

      Strict time limits apply to legal processes and the possibility of bringing a claim, so please do not hesitate to talk to us about what has happened to you and your family. The quicker you get advice from a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, the better chance you have of a fair outcome and discovering the answers you need.

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    The Coroner can write a report after an inquest if evidence suggests that further avoidable deaths could occur and preventative action should be taken. The reports are sent to the person or authority with the power to reduce the risk.

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