It is a terrible thing to suffer the consequences of death and neglect. There really is nothing worse than losing a loved one, aggravated by the feeling that someone else is to blame and that the death should have been avoided.
Advice and support needed after death and neglect
You may need advice about the complaints procedure, or advice about Inquests (the post-mortem and help in dealing with the Coroners office. Our team has close ties with barristers experienced in Inquest work who may deal with an Inquest for you on a no win no fee basis.
Compensation can be claimed where treatment has fallen below a reasonable standard to the extent that it is considered to amount to actual Medical Negligence.
Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, our clients do not have to worry about how they can possibly afford to pay for death claims and neglect claims. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.
If you would like general support, please click here for our page listing some of the more well-known support agencies and charities, who can really help, practically and emotionally.
Children of a family that has lost a parent may have a potential claim and will need to be taken into account.
Time limits for death and neglect claims
The general time limit is 3 years from the death but it may be much longer if:
- those left behind are children. Time does not run for a child until they are 21 years old.
- for some adults who have communication difficulties, or mental disability.
- for anyone who has been misled by a care provider.
- for anyone who could not reasonably have been aware that the circumstances of a death may have been owing to substandard care, or could not have identified someone potentially responsible for a death.
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, please speak to our team for friendly advice. A lot of solicitors do not like to take on late cases, but we always consider late cases of death and neglect, in the interests of justice.
In fact, we have secured fresh inquests as late as 6 1/2 years after a death, and brought claims well out of time, if the facts of the case justify this action.
Read about Tony Baker’s case brought 18 months out of time by our Director, Caroline Moore.