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Accidental Death Laws

As life is uncontrollable and sometimes accidents occur which result in the death of a loved one, many countries have brought in laws which support the victims of accidental deaths. Deaths which are caused by individuals, company or a group of individuals can be pursued as accidental death cases. The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows damages to be pursued in cases where death is caused by the negligence of another party.

Usually, accidental death claims are filed by the relatives of the deceased victim. If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can be compensated for the loss under the accidental death laws. Though there is no amount of money that can make up for the loss that has been caused, however the compensation claim enables the family members to survive against the loss financially.

Such accidental death cases are not criminal cases; they are civil cases where the emphasis is placed on the financial compensation that has to be given to the family members of the deceased. It is not for the punishment of the person who was at fault and because of whom the accident took place. It is very important for the family members to understand the difference at the initial commencement of the case.

In order to pursue a compensation claim certain elements need to be proven. This includes whether the death was caused partly or entirely by the negligent actions of the defendant, and that there are dependents suffering from heavy monetary loss as a result of the death of their family member.

The accidental death laws enable the families of the victims to claim compensation for the various costs that were brought upon the family members as a result of the death of their loved one. These will include the medical expenses, lost wages and also the future lost wages. These are the compensatory damages that are made for the losses that are suffered by the families. Cooks Legal will assist in ensuring that you get the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. We work on a no win no fee basis and will not charge you any costs if the claim is unsuccessful. If we win your case, any costs are recovered from the other side.


Miss G was a passenger in her partner’s car when he lost control on an icy road. She suffered a back and shoulder injury that healed within 1 year. Cooks Legal resolved the matter within 5 months of obtaining her instructions presenting her with a cheque for £2,350.00
"I was very nervous about claiming but Cooks made it so easy. I filled in a form, went to a Dr’s appointment arranged by them, and they did the rest."
Miss G from Peterborough