Compensation Following a Death
We know that no amount of compensation from a fatal accident claim can make up for the death of a loved one. Fatal accidents are by their nature sudden and unexpected often leaving close family feeling devastated and confused. By sensitively and professionally handling your fatal accident claim we can secure compensation which can alleviate your financial worries and bring a sense of justice at a difficult time.
Fatal accident claims can be made if a third party has negligently caused the death, for example a pedestrian, passenger or cyclist in a road traffic accident caused by someone else, an accident at work or an accident in a public place.
What will a Fatal Accident Claim Cover?
A fatal accident claim will compensate the deceased for financial losses resulting from an accident that was not their fault; it will also compensate you if you are a close family member for your financial losses and bereavement. Most importantly, fatal accident claims can bring compensation and financial security to dependents of the deceased. For this reason fatal accident claims can be complex as compensation can be claimed from various different routes:
Compensation Claim for the Deceased Person’s Estate
Anyone who dies leaves an ‘estate’, even if they have very few assets. The administrators of the deceased person’s estate can make a fatal accident claim to compensate the estate for:
- Reasonable funeral expenses.
- Any property damaged in the accident.
- Damages for any pain or suffering that the victim suffered between the date of the accident and the date of death.
- Compensation to cover any other expenses or financial losses between the date of the accident and the date of death e.g. medical costs.
A spouse, civil partner or parent (of a child under the age of 18) can claim a Bereavement award to compensate for the loss of a loved one. However this is rather outdated legislation and the statutory fixed sum is set at the rather derisory sum of £12,980.
If you were financially dependent on the deceased or dependent on their services then you may also be able to claim a dependency award. This can substantial and may be the largest part of the fatal accident claim.
How to make a Fatal Accident Claim
Call us and speak to one of our experts. There will be no charge and we can advise you on whether you can make a fatal accident claim. We may be able to work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis so there are no up-front or hidden charges. We will make every effort to settle your claim quickly. The process may seem complex but we will undertake all the hard work and keep you informed on the progress of your claim.