Compensation claim on behalf of deceased
in Marriage, relationships & families
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Relative passed away in hospital and a narrative verdict was given . One family member wants to sue and has pursued solicitors. No-one else is interested . However would they be the one that the money was paid out to and not next of kin . Any knowledge of this please.
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"There can be confusion around the phrase ‘next of kin’, with many assuming there is someone who automatically becomes your next of kin and has the legal right to make decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself. However, this is not the case. Next of kin has no real legal definition or standing.
The only exception to this is with children under the age of 18, when a parent or legal guardian may make decisions for or on behalf of a child.
In health and social care situations, next of kin is often used to identify an emergency contact, or a close friend or relative to update about your condition or treatment. The term usually means your nearest blood relative, and most people assume it refers to their spouse or civil partner."