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Recovering From a Fatal Accident

Losing a family member to a fatal accident caused by the fault of another is a very difficult experience, having both an emotional and financial impact on the lives of family members.

The fatal injury accident can happen in different places and circumstances including work, road traffic, public places, medical negligence, animal attack, poisoning or hazardous substances.

Following death by a fatal accident, a compensation claim can be made in 2 parts. The first is the deceased’s claim, which covers the emotional and the physical pain along with the distress the victim sustained from the period when the accident happened until the death. There is no compensation if the victim passes away immediately after the accident or never regains consciousness.

The second part of the compensation claim involves the deceased’s relatives or friends when death has been caused by fault of another. Within this compensation claim, a dependant can make a claim, that person should be the deceased’s spouse, parents, children, acting parents or children, grandparents or grandchildren. The compensation, which these named individuals will be claming includes a part of contributions of the deceased's earnings. The compensation that is claimed by the relatives of the deceased covers all the expenses such as medicinal and funeral costs.

Also, the amount of compensation the parents or spouse are entitled to is the statutory sum of bereavement pay. This amount is £11,800. It is recommended to speak to Cooks Legal, as we will assist you in determining whether your case is strong or weak and the chances of winning the case.

The case of recovering from a fatal accident can be complicated as there are various factors that should be considered, particularly when the case includes victims that were self employed or professional persons. The value of the compensation claim can be substantial and every case should be individually considered.


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