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Fatal Accident Claims

Fatal accident claims are made after people suffer loss of life in an accident that happens due to negligence of a third party. In order to achieve compensation it is advisable for the surviving members of the estate to consult a specialist personal injury solicitor to obtain the maximum compensation. Fatal accidents can happen due to many reasons such as road accidents and the negligent tortfeaser in such cases is liable to pay compensation to the innocent party. Fatal accidents are undoubtedly a shocking and traumatic experience for the family of the victim.

In order to make  successful Fatal Accident Claims, the victim’s family must prove that the accident happened due to the negligence of the other party. In order to get compensation for the death incurred in the fatal accident, the victim’s family must prove that they suffered financial loss due to the death. The Fatal Accident Act 1976 gives full authority to the dependents of the victim, who has died in the accident, to sue the responsible party for compensation. The family members, who can claim for fatal accident, include spouse, children, parents and grandchildren. The most important points on which fatal accident claims can be made includes:

  • Severe pain and suffering of the victim
  • Medical sufferings prior to death and after death
  • financial support of the family members due to death of employed member of family
  • Bereavement compensation to the wife, husband and parents of the deceased (if under 18)

The decision of the court in resolving Fatal Accident Claims depends on the situation in which the fatal accident took place as evidence will be tested to establish that the death was caused by the third party following which an assessment of the appropriate level of compensation will be made.

Cooks Legal have a wealth of experience in personal injury litigation and will do their utmost to get the maximum compensation in such sorry circumstances following the loss of a loved one.  

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