Step 1: Seek medical advice
Seek medical advice on the circumstances of your loved one’s medical care immediately you realise they suffered fatal medical negligence.
Step 2: Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor
Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at your case, see where the problem lies, and advise if your loved one experienced fatal medical negligence.
The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim.
You are the one who is left bereaved due to the fatal medical negligence, and you should get all the money due for the suffering.
Step 3: Your medical negligence solicitor obtains the medical records
Your medical negligence solicitor obtains the medical records of your loved one with your permission. By reading the records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid fatal medical negligence case.
The No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can ask for a coroner’s inquest to determine the full facts around your loved one’s death
The medical negligence team will know from reading the medical records and the coroner’s report if the case will result in compensation being paid.
Step 4: The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party
The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the fatal medical negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’
When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, it has up to four months to provide a written response.
Step 5: Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer
Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move your compensation claim closer to a conclusion.
The insurer will either admit the medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the case is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms.
If they admit liability, your fatal medical negligence claim can be valued.
The two parties will meet to decide on your fatal medical compensation payment.
Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve.
Step 6: Issuing court proceedings
Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your fatal medical negligence case. Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the losses you have suffered.
Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.
Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.