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Instruct an experienced medical negligence lawyer today at no upfront cost. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you will only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation you are awarded if your case is successful.

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Compensation for deaths due to medical negligence

Compensation for deaths due to medical negligence

The sudden, unexpected or untimely loss of a loved can be devastating and we have represented many families where the death was preventable. We understand how traumatic this can be and pride ourselves in supporting our clients through difficult times.

Our medical negligence solicitors and lawyers are highly-experienced in investigating errors responsible for such deaths and securing the compensation and justice you deserve. Mistakes by medical staff can include, but are not limited to:

If the loss of your loved one could have been prevented if medical staff had not made mistakes, you may be entitled to medical negligence compensation.

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Specialists in investigating fatal medical mistakes

Specialists in investigating fatal medical mistakes

We understand just how traumatic it can be to suffer a loss and will provide the empathy, support and guidance needed at this difficult time. For many people who make a fatal medical negligence claim it can help to:

  • To understand what treatment was given and why.
  • To find out whether mistakes were made and why.
  • Receive an official apology from the healthcare provider.
  • To provide compensation for the losses caused by a loved one’s premature death.

Read how we  supported widow Janette Kitt, whose husband Graham died after a hospital consultant failed to check his blood test results.

Graham and Janette

Making a fatal medical mistake claim

Making a fatal medical mistake claim

We understand this is a time when those left behind have to cope with the huge emotional and practical task of planning for the future without their loved one. We help families claim the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to, which can cover:

  • Pain and suffering of the deceased.
  • Funeral expenses.
  • Loss of income to dependents.
  • Childcare costs.
  • Household expenses.
  • Compensation for tasks or services the deceased performed such as DIY and housework.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Statutory Bereavement Awards.

Having worked on many complex cases, we have experience of obtaining compensation for bereaved families, as we did for the loved ones of Maureen Gater, who died after a 12-month delay in diagnosing lung cancer.

Maureen Gater and her grandson John

Inquest representation

Inquest representation

In appropriate circumstances we may be able to assist you with inquest representation and/or advice and assistance with criminal or health and safety proceedings brought about as a result of a fatal accident or injury.

In many circumstances, particularly inquests involving public institutions such as the NHS, legal representation by a specialist inquest lawyer is the best way to ensure you discover all the facts.

Such inquests can be lengthy, detailed and complex, and you will benefit from having the support of legal experts and specialist inquest solicitors to ascertain whether more could have been done to prevent your loved one’s death.


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How to make a fatal medical negligence claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Feel free to give us a call or begin your claim online

Alternatively, call us now on 01482787771

Our client reviews

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
5 Stars
Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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Who can make a fatal medical negligence claim?

We have represented the families who have lost loved ones as a result of:

A claim can be made by a ‘dependent’ of the person who died such as:

  • The husband, wife or partner.
  • A child.
  • A parent.
  • A brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or cousin.
  • In some circumstances, a former husband, wife or partner.

In addition, the executors can bring a claim on behalf of the deceased’s Estate for injury or losses.

If your quality of life or financial position has been altered due to the loss contact us now for a free consultation.

What does the law say about making a fatal medical mistake claim?

According to The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 law, compensation can be awarded on behalf of any “dependents” of the person who died.

Whilst dealing with the emotional loss is always the first priority following a fatal injury or accident, thoughts may eventually turn to much more practical matters – such as how to maintain some level of financial stability after the loss of a loved one.

As experienced fatal accident claims solicitors, we help families claim the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Will I get a Statutory Bereavement Award?

If the deceased was your husband, wife or civil partner, or a child was under the age of 18 on the date of the death, a fixed sum of £12,980 is awarded.

The award is paid in addition to any fatal accident or injury dependency calculations. Our specialists can help secure these funds on your behalf, and at no cost to you, to help take the stress out of the process.

Why a Grant of Representation maybe important

One issue that often arises in a compensation claim involving a deceased person is that they did not leave a Will.

In such cases their surviving spouse or dependants may need to obtain a Grant of Representation before a medical negligence or fatal accident claim can conclude or sometimes even progress.

However, it is important that the right person applies for the Grant of Representation. Our experts can guide you through this process.

Read more here: What is a Grant of Representation and why are they important in compensation claims?

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NHS Investigation Reports

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