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Fatal Accident Laws

If a member of your family has passed away in an occupational accident, workplace accident, car accident or any other type of serious accident then you have the right to make a fatal accident compensation claim against the third party who was responsible for the accident. By making a successful fatal accident compensation claim you can assist in bringing financial stability to your family. However making a fatal accident compensation claim is not that easy and you are required to fully understand the fatal accident laws in order to make a successful compensation claim. According to the fatal accident laws of UK the following dependants of the victim could pursue a fatal accident compensation claim.


  • The husband or ex husband of the victim.
  • Wife or ex wife of the deceased.
  • Child of the victim.
  • Parent of the victim if deceased under 18.
  • civil partner of the deceased.
  • A person living with the victim as wife or husband for at least 2 years before the death.
  • A brother, uncle, niece, sister, aunt, cousin or a nephew of the victim.

In accordance with the Fatal Accident Laws</u>">fatal accident laws, the dependent who is going to file the compensation claim should be able to prove his/her relationship with the deceased. There are also two types of dependency namely financial and services under which you could make your fatal accident compensation claim. In financial dependency the dependent may have made their living with the income of the victim. It means that you must financially rely on the earnings of the deceased. On the other hand, the deceased may have undertaken childcare, performed the housework and helped the dependent in other ways. You are also entitled to get an additional amount, namely a bereavement award if you are a husband, wife or a parent of a child under 18 years who has died as a consequence of a negligent action.

Again if the deceased has made a will then it is the duty of the executor to make the fatal accident compensation claim on behalf of the dependants. However, in most case the deceased do not leave any will and the surviving family members will have to make the claim. According to the fatal accident laws, a grant of probate will be issued to an eligible member of your family who will receive the compensation amount. The claims differ for each case but if you lost the main earner of your family then your fatal accident compensation claim will include the following compensation:

  • The pain suffered by the deceased prior to death.
  • Loss of financial earnings of the dependants.
  • Funeral expenses
  • Probate costs and
  • Compensation for the services performed by the deceased.


Mrs A was a cook at a large hospital, she was injured when she tripped on a piece of vinyl flooring which had become raised. She suffered a soft tissue knee injury that brought forward pre-existing arthritis by 3 years and she was awarded £4,300.00 within 9 months of instructing Cooks.
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