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Causes Of Wrongful Death

A wrongful death compensation claim is a claim pursued by the family of a deceased person when a loved one passes away owing to the negligence of another. Typically, the members of a victim’s family who are entitled to file a wrongful death compensation claim include the spouse, children, parents and grandparents of the victim.

Causes of Wrongful Death can include the following:

·                                 Medical negligence

·                                 Vehicle accidents

·                                 Motorcycle accidents

·                                 Pedestrian accidents

·                                 Construction accidents

·                                 Defective products

·                                 Boating accidents

·                                 Workplace accidents

If you have experienced the wrongful death of a relative, you will require a wrongful death Solicitor to help you in a compensation claim. There are certain elements that need to be established in a wrongful death compensation claim, namely:

·                                 That the victim is actually dead

·                                 That the death was due to the negligence of another person or entity

·                                 That the surviving members of the family are suffering monetarily because of that death &

·                                 Damages are covered under wrongful death law

Among the damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death compensation claim are; medical and hospital care expenses up to death, funeral expenses, loss of income up to death, bereavement damages, dependency award for financial losses and damages for the pain and suffering the victim went through prior to death.

Legal representation

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 govern damages in such cases. A claim of compensation for wrongful death must be brought within 3 years following death, otherwise the claim  will be statute barred.

Wrongful death Solicitors can be of great assistance to the surviving relatives of the wrongful death victim in helping them claim compensation from the negligent third party. Cooks Legal are proficient wrongful death Solicitors and we will handle your case on a no win no fee basis. That means, we will be remunerated only on winning the case, and our costs are paid by the losing third party. The entire compensation awarded goes to the client. 

Public Liability
Pedestrian Fall from Bicycle
Miss H was knocked off her bicycle when her front tyre struck a loose paving stone jutting into the road. She sustained a head injury causing severe short term memory loss and mood swings. After 2 years her original Solicitors withdrew from the case as they believed her claim had less than a 50% chance of succeeding. Miss H contacted Cooks who agreed to represent her on a No win No fee basis.

Within 18 months the matter was resolved and Miss H received a settlement cheque of £300,000.00. She told us
"Thank you Cooks for believing in me and my claim. My Solicitor was always available to me and happy to explain each step of the process. The only surprise was how much you managed to obtain for me without the need to go to trial. I will tell all my friends about your great service."
Miss H from London