Fatal claims

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Claims arising from the loss of a loved one come at an already difficult time and can add to the trauma, stress and sense of loss. If an inquest is to be held, it may be necessary to liaise with the coroner at this stressful time.

In practical terms, the death of a spouse or close relative can result in devastating financial consequences for the family. Clearly, any financial compensation can never redress the loss felt, but may achieve some much needed future security.

At Penningtons Manches we are very aware of the added emotional strain in these cases and the need for particular sensitivity.

Where an inquest is to be held, we can provide information on coronial law and arrange representation to raise legitimate questions and advise on the findings and any further action that may be appropriate.

Penningtons Manches' experienced team can advise in relation to a wide range of claims:

  • undetected head injuries/haemorrhages
  • delay in investigation/referral

  • wrongly interpreted/reported results

  • delay in acting upon deterioration in condition

  • hospital falls


Recent Work Highlights

Brain injury caused by ambulance crew

Pursuing a claim for an elderly gentleman who was dropped by the ambulance crew while being taken to hospital causing an acute subdural haemorrhage – although the crew failed to inform anyone and he died before surgery.

Fatal delay in diagnosing ovarian cancer

Achieving damages for a 42 year old woman who tragically died when a malignant ovarian cyst was not diagnosed for over eight months during which the cancer spread despite major surgery and five courses of chemotherapy.

Failure to resuscitate and to operate properly

Investigating the case of an elderly patient in hospital with a known bowel obstruction. She collapsed and subsequently died after the hospital failed to resuscitate her as an emergency and performed the wrong operation for her condition.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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