Medical Negligence

Wrongful Death and Compensation to Relatives

Wrongful Death and Compensation to Relatives

Wrongful Death Compensation Lawyers

Losing a loved one because of negligent medical treatment or medical negligence can be a very traumatic experience for everyone involved, particularly for family members who are financially dependent on that person and have relied on them for support, care and domestic and childcare assistance.

If a death is wrongfully or negligently caused through medical treatment or non-treatment, you and your family may be able to make a compensation to relatives claim.

A medical negligence compensation to relatives claim may be made when substandard medical care or healthcare leads to death of a person as a result of a new injury or progression and worsening of a pre-existing medical condition, such as cancer. It can happen in several ways, due to misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis of an illness or a medical condition, being given incorrect treatment or not being warned about the consequences of the proposed treatment or alternative treatment options, as well as due to mistakes or errors that are made before, during or after surgical procedures, which result in death. In such circumstances, the dependants of the deceased person, usually the deceased’s close family, are entitled to make a compensation to relatives claim.

To make a compensation to relatives claim, it must be established that the death would not have occurred had the deceased been treated with the exercise of reasonable skill and care on the part of the medical professional and healthcare provider.

Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers are experienced in acting for patients in medical negligence compensation to relatives claims all around Australia. We understand the devastating effects of having lost a loved one due to negligent medical treatment.

We’ll be here for you every step of the way guiding you through the process in your medical negligence compensation to relatives claim. We have the expert knowledge, expertise and a proven history needed to obtain outstanding results in all types of medical negligence compensation to relatives claims.

We’ll act for you in your medical negligence claim on a no win, no fee basis with no upfront costs. See our why choose us page for many more reasons as to why so many Australians choose Longton Compensation Lawyers over anyone else for their medical negligence compensation to relatives claims arising out of negligently caused death.

What are examples of negligent medical treatment that can give rise to medical negligence compensation to relatives claims?

Medical negligence compensation to relatives claims can arise as a result of many reasons including:

  • Medical treatment received at public and private hospitals and at the hands of general practitioners and family doctors.
  • Surgical errors and mistakes.
  • Medical misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis.
  • Anaesthesia or anaesthetic errors.
  • Medication and prescription errors.
  • Falls in hospitals.

What can I claim in a compensation to relative claim?

The compensation that can be recovered in medical negligence compensation to relatives claim includes the following:

  • An amount for the financial support that the deceased would have provided to the dependants but for his or her negligently caused death.
  • An amount for the loss of domestic services, that the deceased would have provided to the dependants but for his or her negligently caused death, such as assistance with domestic, household, property maintenance tasks and childcare.
  • Medical expenses incurred in the lead up to the death of the deceased, if there was a time period between the incident and the deceased’s death. 
  • Funeral and burial costs of the deceased.

You cannot recover damages for your pain and suffering as part of your compensation to relatives claim for losing a loved. However, you can make a medical negligence nervous shock claim if you have suffered a recognised psychiatric illness as a result of a negligently caused death.   

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