Death and Neglect..

There is nothing worse than losing a loved one, aggravated by feeling that someone else is to blame. There is a statutory bereavement award that is set by the government.

You may need advice about the NHS complaints procedure, or a post-mortem and help with a Coronerís Inquest into a death. I have close ties with barristers experienced in Inquest work who will deal with an Inquest for you on a conditional fee basis, provided they feel there is probably a good claim for compensation.

Children of a family, who have lost a parent, can get public funding to pursue an investigation. The surviving parentís finances are not taken into account. The general time limit is 3 years from the death but it may be much longer if those left behind are children.

It may be that†you have left the matter for longer than the usual 3-year period allowed for a claim BUT the court will allow late cases where it is fair to do so therefore take legal advice. A lot of solicitors so not like to take on late cases but we always consider late cases at Medical Solicitors in the interests of justice. The 3-year time limit doesnít apply to children or the mentally disabled. Below are news stories and past cases.

GP struck off after fatal overdose:

Overdose of morphine:

£20,000 to the family of an elderly Alzheimerís patient who was not fed, or cared for adequately whilst in hospital resulting in bed sores, weight loss and pneumonia leading to death.

Bed Sores
£15,000 to the family of a 47 year old lady who died in hospital from multiple causes. She had a poor prognosis anyway owing to a bleed in her brain, but owing to neglect she developed a serious sacral bed sore that probably led to spinal infection.

Heart attack
£75,000 to the widow of a gentleman who was sent away from A & E but later suffered a heart attack and died a few days later. He should not have been discharged from hospital and should have survived.

Baby and child deaths

-£245,000 to a lady who suffered very severe depression when her baby died shortly after birth. A junior doctor attempted delivery vaginally despite agreement between Mum and a Consultant that delivery should be by caesarean section.

-£40,000 for both parents whose baby died within 6 hours of birth after the hospital managed the delivery negligently

-£28,500 to a mother whose 16-year-old son was knocked unconscious in the street. He had an over night stay in hospital. His mother took him home the next day where he collapsed. The hospital had failed to detect a bleed in his brain. The mother witnessed her sonís collapse and a half hour attempt by paramedics to revive him at home. He was placed on life support that was switched off a few days later. Mother suffered depression, flashbacks and anxiety and was off work for 6 months.

-£20,000 to a mother who was with her young son over a few days in hospital, witnessed him having a fit, causing severe brain damage, after which he never regained consciousness and his life support machine was switched off.

Other Cases
-£150K to the widow of a 58 year old man who died from leukaemia caused by over prescribing of the drug chlorambucil.