Can I claim compensation for a family member?
If you feel a family member has been the victim of medical negligence, you may want to make a claim on their behalf. It’s possible to do this, providing the person affected is either under 18, or can’t claim themselves due to their state of mind or the nature of their illness/injuries. In this case, you would act as “Litigation Friend” for your family member – meaning you’ll be required to direct the legal proceedings for them.
Medical negligence claims are often more difficult to prove than other types of legal claim, as you will need to establish the treatment your family member received was below acceptable standards. Although this sounds simple, what is considered ‘acceptable treatment’, and how an acceptable standard of care is defined will change from person to person. Determining what the minimum standard of care your family member should have received will form the crux of your medical negligence claim – usually by using testimony and consultation from experts on either side of the claim.
In some medical negligence cases, you may be making a claim on the behalf of a child who under the age of 18 when they had treatment, who has suffered injury or illness as the result of negligent care. They will not be able to handle the legal proceedings involved in making a claim for compensation, and may not even know or understand whether or not the care and treatment they received was acceptable. So it’s crucial you’re able to act in their best interest to ensure they receive the level of compensation they’re entitled to.
The severity of medical negligence claims varies from case to case: often, your family member may merely have experienced mild pain or injuries and inconvenience – but other times they may have sustained significant physical or mental trauma that results in them being unable to make a claim for themselves – in this instance, you could step in and make a claim on their behalf.
Sadly, in the very worst case scenario, you may have lost a close relative due to negligent care. If this is the case, you would be within your rights to file a medical negligence claim.
A claim in the case of death will focus primarily on the stress, grief, and emotional turmoil unexpectedly losing a family member has caused you and those around you. However, there are also financial implications involved, particularly if the victim of medical negligence was the breadwinner or made significant financial contributions to your household.
In these cases, the court will consider any financial loss when calculating the level of compensation you are entitled to. This compensation may not be reserved solely for spouses or parents: reimbursement for any loss of earnings can often be extended to a ‘common law’ partner and their children, siblings, or other family members, if the court determines they were financially dependent on the deceased party to any degree, and will suffer financial hardship as a result of their death caused by medical negligence.
Dealing with legal matters is the last thing you will want to do if a family member is ill or injured as a result of medical negligence, or if you’ve lost a loved one due to an unacceptable standard of care. So if you are looking for compensation of behalf of a family member who’s suffered, get in touch now and we can fight on your behalf.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.