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We understand that no amount of money can compensate you for the loss of a close family member. However, where negligent medical treatment led to their death, you may wish to consider whether you have a medical negligence death compensation claim.

You can call Longden Walker & Renney Solicitors on 0191 5666 500, or explain what happened via our no obligation online enquiry form. We can arrange an initial free consultation at a time that suits you.

We may be able to cover your case with a No Win No Fee agreement, which would bring no financial risk to you.

Our clinical negligence lawyers are experienced at acting for individuals and their families during these devastating times. We can advise you on whether you may be able to make a death claim and we will help and guide you through the process.

Who can claim, and for what?

Medical negligence death compensation can be claimed by the executor, administrator or personal representative of the estate. This can cover not only the personal injury suffered by negligent medical treatment, but any past financial loss or funeral expenses. As with other medical negligence claims, we must be able to establish that the patient received medical treatment that was below an acceptable standard, causing death by medical negligence.

Dependants of the deceased can also bring a death claim under the Fatal Accidents Act of 1976. This can be for loss of financial dependency from the deceased’s earnings, or pension, loss of services and other benefits. A statutory bereavement award, currently in the sum of £11,800 can be claimed for  a spouse or other immediate family member if they suffered death by negligence.


If the cause of a death is uncertain, an inquest may be required to establish the facts around the death and to reach a verdict as to the cause. The purpose of the inquest is not to apportion blame, but it can provide useful information which may assist in bringing a medical negligence death claim. We represent families at inquest as part of the medical negligence investigation process.

If you would like help from our specialist team, you should contact us as soon as possible once you are aware of the need for an inquest. Call Longdens’ clinical negligence solicitors direct on 0191 5666 500.

This will give us the time to obtain any documents that we might need to prepare for the inquest hearing.

You can be assured that our team of experts will deal with your case sensitively and professionally. If your death claim is taken forward, we’ll support you every step of the way.

If you believe that the death of a loved one may have been caused by negligent medical treatment, contact a member of our specialist clinical negligence team on 0191 5666 500 or complete our no obligation online enquiry form. After talking to us, if you decide not to go ahead with your claim, you remain under no obligation and you will not be charged for the initial advice session.