Although money could never compensate you for the death of a loved one, a successful clinical negligence claim can give you the sense that justice has been done if you feel that your loved one’s death was preventable. There is nothing more painful than knowing that all that could have been done was not done. If you feel this was the case, an inquest can help to support your case.
What is an inquest and how does it help?
An inquest is an investigation done by the County Coroner to ascertain the reason for your loved one’s death. There may be several factors involved, and these will all be noted down at the inquest. In the case of clinical negligence, the inquest will investigate exactly what procedures should have been followed and who was to blame for these procedures being neglected or carried out incorrectly.
You can then use the information uncovered at the inquest in order to make your claim for compensation. This can either be compensation for your loved one’s estate or for his or her dependents, or a statutory claim for bereavement damages.
Why make a claim?
You may feel that there is no point in claiming because even a verdict in your favour will not change the situation. Bear in mind, however, that it is only through people standing up and making their voices heard that real change is made. The NHS pays out around £15 billion every year in medical negligence claims, a sum which is clearly unacceptable. This has caused the NHS to bring in a new expert to help to instil a ‘zero harm’ culture which should help to improve the standard of care for patients everywhere in the UK. It’s clear to see that these types of claim really do have a purpose, and that it’s important for justice to be served in every case.
If you’d like to learn more about what constitutes clinical negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Our advisers will be able to let you know if there are any legal precedents relevant to your situation, or any other people who have made claims for the same reason. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will most likely be done over the phone on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown