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Wrongful Death Laws

Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person or company is an emotionally painful experience. The victim may face wrongful death due to a serious car accident, medical malpractice or workplace accident. If you lose a family member due to an accident then you are entitled by law to make a wrongful death compensation claim against those responsible for the incident. The wrongful death laws in the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allow family members to pursue compensation claims.

As per the wrongful death laws you need to prove that the death of your loved one was caused by the negligence of another party. Under the wrongful death laws in order to be eligible for making a wrongful death compensation claim, you should be a husband, wife, child, aunt, sister, brother, uncle, parent, or a civil partner of the deceased. You must prove your dependency to the deceased and show you have suffered financial losses following the victim’s death. The following are some of the features of wrongful death laws:

·                                 Only the dependants and the beneficiaries of the deceased can file a wrongful death compensation claim for monetary damages.

·                                 The wrongful death compensation claim will compensate only the economic damages and not the emotional stresses faced by the dependents.

·                                 The dependent should have sustained financial losses as a result of the deceased’s death.

·                                 Usually, wrongful death compensation claims are required to be made within three years from the date of the death.

In order to make a successful wrongful death compensation claim you are recommended to seek the help of professional Solicitors who specialise in dealing with wrongful death compensation claims. As per the wrongful death laws your compensation claim will include the pain and suffering of the deceased, loss of income of the family, funeral expenses, and the medical expenses made before the death of your loved one. Cooks Legal can assist you in pursuing compensation for the victim’s death and will work the case on a no win no fee basis.


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