Fatal Accident Claims
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Fatal Accident Claims

Fatal accidents are of course traumatic events for the families of victims and the resulting compensation claims can be complex matters. As with other claims it must be proved that the death was caused by the negligence of a third party, but it is also necessary to establish that the victim would have been able to claim compensation himself/herself at the time of death. Furthermore the claimant must prove that he/she has suffered financial loss as a result of the death.

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows claims to be brought by dependants of persons who have died as a result of the negligent act of another party and it defines dependants to include spouse/cohabitee, children, parents and grandchildren. However any person wishing to claim must have been dependant to some degree on the income of the victim.

Claims may be brought for various items including:-

  • If death was not immediate, claims may be brought for the victim's own pain and suffering prior to death, loss of income prior to death and for medical and other expenses incurred between the accident and the victim's death.
  • Loss of financial support since death - this is likely to be the largest aspect of the claim.
  • Loss of any fringe benefits such as pension rights.
  • Loss of gratuitous services provide by the deceased such as domestic assistance, childcare, DIY etc.
  • Bereavement Compensation - this is laid down by statute and is only payable to the wife/husband of the deceased or to the parents if the deceased was under 18. Since 1 January 2023 Bereavement damages are £11,800.
  • Funeral expenses (if paid by the dependants) and loss of or damage to any property as a result of the accident.

There may of course be other items of claim depending on individual circumstances.
If a member of your family has suffered personal injury in the last three years please complete the Application Form and we will provide a free legal assessment of the case. We will handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis at no cost to you.

Accident Types
Testimonials
Workplace Accident
Mrs P tripped on an extension lead wire which had been left to run across the floor of her workplace. She had previously complained about the lead however it was not rectified until after her accident. Liability was admitted early in the claim and Mrs P was awarded £1600.00 following consultation with a medico-legal expert.
"I was very sceptical to approach a "no win no fee" firm, but I was happy to have them help me. They were professional, concise and were successful with my claim. I would be very happy to use them and to recommend them."
Mrs P, London

See how much your claim could be worth.

Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
£30,000
Wrist Injury
£3,000
Serious Neck Injury
£30,000
Serious Hand Injury
£10,000
Ankle Injury
£3,000
Serious Knee Injury
£20,000
Serious Head Injury
£50,000

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case