Fatal claims

Team of specialist solicitors who can be relied upon to support you to investigate treatment where a loved one has died

Independently accredited by the Law Society, APIL and AvMA

Top tier ranked law firm for medical negligence cases

Over 100 years experience as medical negligence experts

Clear understanding of the complexities of fatal claims

A sympathetic and understanding partner to investigate the death of your loved one in the event of a fatal claim

‘We will guide you through the claims process and strive to obtain maximum compensation when a loved one has died due to poor medical care’

If you’ve lost a loved one it will undoubtedly be a very distressing time for you and your family. This is especially the case if you believe the death occurred because of substandard medical care.

Assistance for a wide range of cases

Our experienced team will fight on your behalf to investigate the treatment afforded to your loved one. We will guide you through the process, pursuing your claim efficiently and with tact and understanding.

We have a specialist team dealing with claims where there has been a death following medical treatment. Our experience ensures that we can obtain answers on your behalf and we will do our utmost to achieve a settlement to compensate you for the financial losses suffered as a result of the death.

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If an inquest is being held in to the death then please see our dedicated Inquests page for more information.

Our understanding team

Our dedicated fatal claim lawyers will guide you through the claims process, ensuring you are informed and in control at all times. Our team understand what a difficult time this is for you; we will advance your claim with efficiency and sensitivity.

Fighting for answers on your behalf

Although no compensation can make up for the death of a loved one, understanding exactly what happened can be a great comfort. We will do our utmost to explore what went wrong.

Knowledgeable specialists

We are experienced in acting in a wide range of cases where an individual has died as a result of substandard treatment. We can guide you through the process of making fatal claims for compensation, all the while focusing on getting the answers you need.

Getting you back on track

If substandard treatment is identified, then we will seek redress for the family of the deceased.

We know that a financial settlement is rarely the priority when a loved one dies but if the death means that a family suffer a financial loss – for example if the deceased contributed to the household income – then you may wish to bring a claim compensation claim.

Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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I would like to thank you so much for all your efforts in dealing with this matter and for successfully obtaining compensation, although no amount of money can replace the loss of my father
Royds Withy King client


Withy King’s medical negligence department is a highly focused and dedicated team with in depth knowledge and experience in bringing forward medical negligence cases. We provide a personal approach to each of our cases and our clients comment on our empathy, approachability, availability and supportiveness throughout our cases. There are many firms who put them forward as specialists, but only a few truly are. We have earned our reputation on the basis of the quality of our work.

There are a number of ways to fund a claim with our specialist team, many of which come at no cost to our clients. This may be by way of an existing legal expenses insurance policy, or by setting up a Conditional Fee Agreement (commonly known as ‘no win, no fee’). Public funding is available in certain cases and we will discuss this with you if it is suitable for your claim.


Our experts will advise you on the best option for your specific circumstances so you can make an informed choice, under no obligation.

Whilst the settlement sum varies from case to case, we will always strive to recover the maximum compensation for you. We will seek compensation for the losses arising from the death, for example if there is a loss of earnings, loss of pension or if the person who died was responsible for providing services to the family, such as caring for children, other family members or doing the housework or DIY.


In some cases, the circumstances of the death may give rise to a claim by a loved one if they have suffered a psychiatric injury from witnessing distressing events. We will explore this with you to ensure that you receive compensation due to you where a loved one died as a result of negligence.

Contact us now to find out how we can advise on a claim for compensation for a fatality