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Fatal Accidents Act

Fatal accidents bring about huge tragedy for those who have lost their loved ones. It is a distressing time when one will suffer emotionally and financially. When you have lost a family member due to the fault of another you can make a claim for compensation for the losses endured. Fatal accidents can occur in several ways such as road traffic accidents, accidents at work, in public places and even medical negligence.

The compensation awarded following a fatal accident can be split in two parts. The first part is the deceased’s claim that includes physical and emotional hardship that the victim went through during the accident until the time of death. This compensation cannot be claimed if the diseased died immediately after the accident. The medical expenses incurred and the loss of income the family suffered between accident and death can also be claimed.

The second part of the compensation claim according to the Fatal Accident Act 1976 is the compensation claim for the victim’s family members. The victim’s spouse, children, parents or grandparents can make this claim. This type of compensation will cover the deceased’s earnings and other services that the deceased provided to the family such as childcare and domestic assistance. The compensation claim also covers the money spent on the funeral expenses and a bereavement award of £11,800 claimed by the spouse or parents of minors.

It is beneficial if family members take the help of personal injury Solicitors for legal advice and information required to proceed with a claim. Cooks Legal will instruct you as to whether you have reasonable chances of succeeding in a compensation claim. Such claims can be complex and thus the instruction of expert Solicitors is imperative.

Getting the rightful amount of compensation can’t reduce the pain and the grief of losing a loved one but it can help greatly in keeping your financial situation balanced. Contact Cooks Legal to pursue a claim under the Fatal Accident Act 1976.


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