Fatal Accidents caused by Clinical Negligence
If you have lost a loved one due to clinical
Potter Rees Dolan’s expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation for your loss where there are
Read about our recent fatal accident wins:
Stockton diedfollowing a fall in hospital speak out about his treatment - £15,500 - read the MEN article here
- Young mum
dies leavingnew born baby following delayin diagnosing brain tumour- read the Daily Mail article here
- Mum-of-three died following hospital errors during pregnancy - £490,000
How can I/when should I pursue a complaint following the death of a loved one?
It is not always appropriate to pursue a clinical negligence claim following the death of a loved one. In some situations, a complaint is
If you want any advice about whether the death of a loved is more appropriate to investigate by way of complaint or clinical negligence claim, call our clinical negligence solicitors today on 0800 027 2557 or complete our online enquiry form.
Should you decide to pursue a complaint against the hospital or other health care professional involved in your loved one's death, then there may be
In the event that you pursue a complaint and remain unsatisfied with the response then you may wish to consider approaching the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman.
How we can help
It is often difficult to
investigatethe circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death quickly and efficiently
ensurethat you experience minimal stress during your claim
bethere to provide you with advice whenever needed
betransparent with you in relation to funding the claim, particularly if there are multiple dependants guideyou through the difficult process of identifying any financial loss
Related Case Studies
Paul's serious brain injury was not recognised during his stay in hospital which resulted in his death
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After multiple incorrect diagnoses of an ear infection, Molly sadly passed away shortly after her baby was delivered by emergency C-Section
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How do inquests after a clinical negligence-related death work?
In some situations when an individual has passed away due to clinical negligence, the Coroner can become involved and the death investigated by an Inquest.
Most Coroners will send the family of the deceased information regarding the Inquest process. However, should you proceed with the Inquest without legal representation, a useful starting point for further information is your local government website as this usually contains everything you may need to know.
If your local government website does not have details relating to Inquests and the Coroner’s
Pressure Sores (Ulcers)
These occur when the skin is placed under pressure and can range in severity; from discoloured skin to open wounds which expose bone or muscle.
Pressure sores can develop when a large amount of pressure is applied over a short period of time or a small amount of pressure over a longer period of time. They can form, for example, when recovering from an operation when confined to lying in a bed for long periods of time.
If the patient's position is changed regularly, then pressure sores can be prevented as blood flow can be undisturbed. A care team would develop a repositioning timetable to set out how often someone needs to be moved in order to prevent or reduce the impact of pressure sores.
Here you can read about a client who developed pressure sores after suffering a spinal cord injury when he was left in bed too long and rotation procedures were not followed.
Even when pressure sores have been cared for properly, complications can arise with grade 3 or grade 4 pressure sores potentially life threatening. An elderly client of PotterReesDolan sadly passed away after developing pressure sores and subsequently pneumonia.
Pressure sores can also be an issue for people in wheelchairs as they can often be provided with unsatisfactory equipment, meaning sores can develop due to the prolonged pressure on the skin.