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Losing a Relative to Medical Negligence – Making Your Voice Heard 

Here at BMCF we encourage relatives to come forward if they believe they have lost a family member or loved one due to medical negligence.

Throughout our lives, we all rely on doctors to treat us and look after our health and that of our families. During times of illness, we place trust in healthcare professionals to promptly diagnose and treat disease. Whilst it is not possible to save every patient, we trust that with proper treatment we will get better. Unfortunately however, this is not always the case and patients continue to die as a result of negligent medical treatment. 

At any time, the sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one is distressing. 

This loss is made only more traumatic when families are left with unanswered questions or suspect that more could have been done to treat their relative – making it difficult or impossible to find ways to move on. 

In addition, in cases of medical negligence, for example the late diagnosis of breast cancer or improper management of a heart attack, families are also left worrying whether the same outcome could happen to more patients in the future. Despite this concern, many aren’t sure how they can make their voice heard and ensure that their tragedy is not repeated. 

At Bridge McFarland LLP, primarily our clients come to us to find answers about the death of a loved one and also to take action in the hope that they can prevent the same from happening to other families. 

In investigating these cases, we see firsthand the changes that can be implemented to NHS Trust policy, procedure and training following a successful claim in medical negligence. The NHS is openly committed to learning from its mistakes, and injured patients and their families play an important role in this process. 

At Bridge McFarland LLP we understand the importance of taking legal action in the event of the loss of a relative due to medical negligence. We see that when patients and families pursue legal action, they make their voices heard, driving the NHS to make life saving changes which improve standards and outcomes for patients. 

Sadly, when patients and families don’t make their voices heard, the NHS is not held to account for their mistakes and is not given the opportunity to learn and initiate reform. 

In addition, when families fail to make their voices heard, they will not receive the financial compensation they are entitled to, including damages for the deceased’s pain and suffering, bereavement, loss of dependency on income and care and funeral expenses. 

Whilst compensation can never make up for a family’s loss, it can go some way to easing the burden caused by the sudden death of a loved one. 

If you believe that you may have a claim in relation to the death of a loved one, contact our medical negligence team for a no obligation enquiry.