Julia Hurlbut, Head of Medical Negligence at Jackson Lees, explores where you stand if you’ve lost a loved one due to inadequate care.

The pain of losing a loved one is hard to bear, and becomes even more heart-breaking when compounded with questions over whether it could have been avoided.

When it comes to the death of a loved one, it can be impossible to dismiss questions around the quality of their care, and what could have been done differently to prevent such a loss.

Questions like ‘should my dad’s persistent cough been taken more seriously sooner?’, or ‘should my wife’s concerns over a breast lump have led to an earlier hospital referral?’ These are all valid concerns and can be grounds for pursuing a medical negligence claim.

While it doesn’t make up for the mistakes that have been made, pursuing a claim can result in meaningful apologies from those at fault. For example, the head of a hospital trust. These claims seek to address what specifically went wrong and ensure the same mistakes don’t happen to anyone else.

Our friendly team of medical negligence experts have acted on behalf of spouses, parents, partners, children, and other family members to address concerns regarding inadequate care of a loved one.

Wirral Globe: Julia Hurlbut, Head of Medical Negligence at Jackson LeesJulia Hurlbut, Head of Medical Negligence at Jackson Lees

What can I claim for?

You can claim for anything your loved one would have been able to claim for if they had not died from their injuries, including damages for the injury, expenses, and loss of earnings. Medical negligence claims can also cover funeral expenses, bereavement damages, loss of emotional attachment or loss of dependency on income or care. While financial reward from a claim cannot bring your loved one back, it can help ease the financial burden often placed on families when someone passes away.

How much will it cost?

We pursue medical negligence claims under a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, meaning that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be charged a penny.

Where do I stand?

If you’re looking to pursue a medical negligence claim, our friendly team at Jackson Lees are here to help. We can meet in person in our Heswall, Hoylake or central Liverpool office, or at your home. Alternatively, we can speak over video call or telephone. Our team are here to listen and provide our professional advice.

If you have lost a loved one to substandard medical treatment, you may be entitled to medical negligence compensation to help ease the financial strains often associated with loss. Get in touch and we can help you know where you stand with making a claim.

For a free consultation with one of our expert legal team, call us on 0808 159 8144 or email us at enquiry@jacksonlees.co.uk. You can also visit our website www.jacksonlees.co.uk.