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For over 30 years, Boyes Turner’s medical negligence lawyers have helped families through the emotional trauma, legal formalities and financial devastation that follow a loved one’s death from medical and healthcare mistakes.

We understand that money can’t take away the feelings of loss that follow a loved one’s death, but we know that where the family relied on the deceased as a financial provider, parent or home-maker, their bereavement is often compounded by worries about money and how they and their family will cope.

Compensation can resolve long-term financial hardship. Having the means to pay for essential help, and restored financial stability for the future, can ease the adjustment into a new way of family life.

Fatal injury medical negligence claims need handling by specialist solicitors. Medical negligence claims are complex, and fatal cases have their own additional legal requirements and complexities. Our clinical negligence lawyers are nationally recognised for our expertise in complex and high value compensation claims, including claims for the family following maternal (mother) death from birth injury and cervical cancer negligence, or arising from the loss of a high-earning partner or parent. 

We understand that it can be difficult to talk about a loved one’s death, particularly when it occurred in distressing or traumatic circumstances. Our compassionate lawyers handle each client’s case sensitively whilst gathering the evidence needed to recover their full entitlement to compensation. We are also experienced in helping clients who have suffered psychological injury after seeing their loved ones suffering. We are here for bereaved partners and families who have been affected by death following medical negligence, and will discuss your claim, confidentially, with sensitivity, and advise you how we can help.

Previous cases include:

  • £2.5 million settlement from a hospital trust for the family of a woman who died as a result of negligent failure to treat her pneumonia. Interim payments of £100,000 helped meet the family's needs during the claim which was brought by the orphaned children's grandparents.
  • £265,000 compensation settlement in a fatal claim arising from delayed diagnosis and treatment of a young woman’s cervical cancer. By the time the cancer was diagnosed it was inoperable and the young woman was treated with chemo radiotherapy, which caused radiation enteritis and loss of fertility. She died, leaving two children, after a recurrence of the cancer and further chemotherapy.
  • £253,000 compensation for the husband of a 51-year-old woman who died after an NHS trust and two private consultants failed to diagnose and treat a subarachnoid haemorrhage and brain aneurysms. The defendants denied liability but an out of court settlement of £253,000 was negotiated in the months leading up to trial.
  • £250,000 compensation for the widow of a man who died after three GPs misdiagnosed his chest pains as reflux and failed to refer him for cardiac review, despite his history of heart problems.  Correct referral for an exercise ECG would have led to an angiogram and surgery which would have prevented his death. Two of the doctors denied liability throughout the claim but settlement was finally achieved without the need for trial.
  • £200,000 compensation for the son of a woman who died after her atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) was incorrectly treated by negligently administered cardioversion (a procedure which shocks the heart back into its correct rhythm). Our client was the youngest child  and only dependant of the deceased. After his mother’s death his grandmother mother took over his care and approached our medical negligence team for help with making a claim for the boys’ loss of dependency on his mother’s care and income. 
  • £200,000 compensation settlement for a widow whose husband died from stroke caused by an air embolism after air was allowed to enter his central venous catheter during post-operative care for rectal cancer and bowel obstruction.

Who can make a fatal injury medical negligence compensation claim?

Where someone’s death was caused by medical negligence, the deceased’s dependants, partner and their ‘estate’ may be entitled to compensation. Where more than one person is entitled to claim (e.g. where the deceased left dependent children and a partner) our specialist fatal injury lawyers will explore with you who is the most appropriate person to bring the proceedings and how each claimant’s interests can best be protected.

We recover compensation for bereaved and dependent families of patients whose deaths were caused by:

  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis;
  • Delayed referral to hospital or to a specialist;
  • Delayed or incorrect medical treatment;
  • Delays in ordering scans and other medical investigations;
  • Misinterpretation of biopsies, scans and other investigation or test results;
  • Communication and follow-up failures;
  • Ventilation, resuscitation, anaesthetic and oxygenation errors;
  • Surgical errors;
  • Medication errors;
  • A&E/emergency care errors;
  • Obstetric errors;
  • Failed or incorrect risk assessment or management;
  • GP errors.

Common causes of death arising from medical negligence include:

  • Brain injury;
  • Brain haemorrhage;
  • Complications of pregnancy and birth, such as obstetric haemorrhage, uterine rupture, stillbirth;
  • Infection and sepsis;
  • Cardiac arrest and heart failure;
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE), clots and stroke;
  • Cancer and tumours;
  • Organ failure (heart, lungs, kidneys etc);
  • Epilepsy.

We also help ‘secondary victims’ who have suffered severe psychological injury from witnessing their loved one’s death in traumatic circumstances.

What compensation can the family claim after medical negligence causes fatal injury?

Fatal injury compensation claims are governed by The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934. Together, these two statutes give the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate (those who inherit from their will or intestacy) and the deceased’s dependants the right to claim compensation for their losses.  

Fatal medical negligence claims are complex and must be handled by specialist solicitors to ensure that family members, and those entitled under the deceased’s estate, receive their full entitlement to compensation. If any dependent children are entitled to compensation, the settlement must be approved by the court, to safeguard the children’s interests.    

The amount and type of compensation that can be claimed in a fatal injury case depends on the deceased’s and their family’s individual circumstances. Fatal injury medical negligence claims often include one or more of the following types of compensation.

  • Dependants (usually the deceased’s children, husband, wife, partner, grandchildren, elderly relatives) who were dependant on the deceased can claim for:
    • their loss of dependency on the deceased’s income – the financial support they have lost;
    • their loss of dependency on the deceased’s ‘services’ -  the cost of replacing the things that the deceased did for them, such as:
      • providing child-care;
      • housework and running the home;
      • providing and cooking meals;
      • driving;
      • gardening;
      • DIY.
  • compensation for the deceased’s pain, suffering and disability leading up to their death;
  • costs of the deceased’s care leading up to their death;
  • reasonable funeral expenses;
  • other reasonable costs and expenses caused by the deceased’s injury and death. 
  • A statutory ‘bereavement payment’ can be claimed where the deceased left a:
    • husband, wife or civil partner;
    • unmarried cohabitee partner who was living with them at the time of their death and had done so for at least two years;
    • a minor child.

We can also recover compensation for those who were injured in the same event, such as:

  • where a baby suffers brain injury as a result of the maternity mistakes that caused his mother’s death in childbirth:
  • where a ‘secondary victim’ suffers psychological injury from witnessing their loved one’s traumatic death.
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Representation at inquests

We can help our clients with advice and representation at inquests after medical mistakes cause fatal injury.

Depending on the circumstances of the deceased’s death, the coroner may:

  • request a post-mortem;
  • decide to hold an inquest;
  • take statements from witnesses, including the family.

If you are approached by the coroner’s office after healthcare mistakes led to a family member’s death, we recommend that you contact us immediately for advice. 

We can help our client families by:

  • advising about the inquest;
  • gathering important evidence before, during and after an inquest;
  • challenging the cause of death;
  • representing the family at the inquest, to ensure that their questions are answered;
  • obtaining an admission of liability and interim payment from the NHS or healthcare provider;
  • negotiating a compensation settlement.
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Our specialist Fatal injury medical negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Susan Brown


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Julie Marsh


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Richard Money-Kyrle


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Sita Soni

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Vanessa Wand

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Tara Byrne

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Rachel Makore

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Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

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Fran Rothwell

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Ben Ireland


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Alice Carley


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Audrey Elmore

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Nicky Melville

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Our teams have been nationally recognised over the past decade for their dedication and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients

              Brake | The Road Safety Charity

"Honest, approachable and truly empathetic"

What has to be some of the most testing horrible times was dealt with in a dignified, honest, approachable and truly empathetic manner. I could not begin to do Susan justice for her handling of our case.

Boyes Turner Client

"they kept us fully informed "

I approached Boyes Turner after my claim was turned down by one of the Medical Negligence Claim company. My wife was a victim of medical negligence.

Boyes Turner have acted so efficiently on our behalf and was able to win our case. Anytime we contact them, their customer service was very good as they kept us fully informed of every level our case has developed. They are very friendly and approachable and great in their professional advise. I would strongly recommend anyone approach them for their legal and medical negligence services.

Boyes Turner Client

"Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable"

Thoroughly professional, knowledgable and approachable with communication and updates as and when needed, in what can be a drawn out process, I was always comfortable asking questions and always received answers which were clear and understandable. Highly recommend

Boyes Turner Client

"Amazing professional firm"

I came to Boyes Turner desperate after searching the web for a firm to use for my sons case. He was only a few months so my mind was all over the place, but from the very first point of contact I felt a sense of relieve and belonging. I was welcomed and looked after by amazing staff who always communicated everything so well and went the extra mile to explain things and ensure I understood what was happening every step of the way (THANK YOU SUSAN BROWN). Susan was amazing I felt like I not only had a solicitor but someone who understood my emotions as a mother and always handled me with so much compassion and that was all I needed to keep me going for the 6 years of the case. Years went by in a breeze because of how professional Boyes Turner was. I am so greatful I went through it all with them and mananged to get my son a good compensation. We look forward our new life where my sons needs are priority after struggling for so long. Thank you Boyes Turner and thank you Susan Brown. My family and I are ever indebted.

Boyes Turner Client

"I couldn’t fault them they have been brilliant throughout the whole process"

From the moment I picked up the phone and spoke to Richard Money-Kyrle I knew I had done the right thing by choosing Boyes Turner to take our claim forward and to represent my son. Both Richard Money-Kyrle and Alpa Rana have worked on our case and they both have been amazing throughout, explaining every step of the way and anything we didn’t understand and keeping me updated constantly. This gave me and my family a lot of reassurance.

Both Richard and Alpa are friendly and gained my trust and have been really easy to talk to which has made the process a whole lot easier and smoother than anticipated.
The outcome of the claim was far more than I could have wished for and that was down to their hard work and expertise

I couldn’t fault them they have been brilliant throughout the whole process I would recommend Boyes Turner to anyone.

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