Fatal Accidents and Injuries

If a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident whether it be on the roads, at work or as a result of an accident that wasn’t their fault, the thought of making a legal claim may seem particularly distressing at what will already be a very difficult time. Such grief is often made worse when the incident that led to the death was caused by the negligence of another person.

There is no sum of money which could ever be awarded to even begin to compensate you for your loss. However, you may be worried about how you will cope financially and how you will cope in the future without your loved one by your side. If you were financially dependent on the deceased you may be able to claim for the loss of financial support, other support such as childcare or household duties, and for loss of any other benefits such as pension rights. Contact the team for Free Consultation

What can I claim for?

We know the death of a loved one can leave families struggling to cope both financially and physically at home, and although no amount of money can make up for the physical loss, a fatal injury compensation claim can help people make vital adjustments to life, both in the short and long-term.

There are three main groups of people who are entitled to claim fatal injury compensation following the death of an individual. These are the dependents of the deceased, close relatives of the deceased, and the deceased’s estate.

Our dedicated personal injury team, which includes many fatal accident solicitors and specialists, have successfully pursued compensation claims on behalf of:

  • The husband or wife of the deceased.
  • The former husband or wife of the deceased.
  • The children and dependents of the deceased.
  • Parents of the deceased.
  • A civil partner of the deceased.
  • A brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or cousin of the deceased.
  • The deceased’s estate.

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one, and you wish to explore a claim for compensation, you can contact our team of experienced personal injury solicitors who will always treat your case with the utmost care and understanding.

What can I be compensated for?

If someone else was at fault in causing the accident we can help you to claim compensation to ensure that you and your family don’t suffer any unnecessary financial hardship. According to The Fatal Accidents Act 1976, fatal accident compensation can be awarded on behalf of any “dependents” of the person who died. Although each case is different because of the individual circumstances.

If the loss of a main family earner has occurred you may be able to claim for all or some of the following:

  • Childcare costs
  • Counselling services
  • Funeral costs
  • Household expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Probate costs
  • Loss of benefits or pension rights
  • Loss of income to family dependents
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Compensation for services the deceased performed such as childcare, DIY etc

We have in-depth experience in handling fatal injury claims and have helped many families make claims following the death of a loved one. Our caring, sensitive solicitors will be able to provide you with the sympathetic and professional legal assistance that you’ll need during this difficult time.

How much can I claim?

As every fatal injury occurs with different circumstances, the amount of compensation you could potentially claim as part of a fatal accident claim will be different from what others might receive. As a guide, compensation given will be calculated according to several different factors, which include:

Actual losses

These are intended to cover costs incurred whilst caring for the injured person prior to their death, as well as expenses such as funeral costs. If the fatality was delayed, the compensation received may also cover actual loss of earnings and anything related to care, such as medical fees.

Bereavement damages

Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, the spouse of a deceased person or parents of a deceased child are eligible for a lump sum payment of £12,980 following a fatal accident.

Dependency claim

The remainder of any compensation that may be awarded will be paid to any dependents who relied upon the income of the deceased person.

Why should you consider making a fatal accident claim?

If the death of a loved has caused you financial hardship, a fatal accident claim would help ease this problem. A claim would also cover funeral expenses and would help secure the family’s future financial needs.

We are here to help

If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one and you wish to explore a claim for compensation we will support you through the process. We are here to do what’s right for you and will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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