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Fatal Accidents

No amount of money will ever adequately compensate you for the loss of a loved one, especially when that has been caused by someone else.  When someone you love dies, your first thought is not about claiming compensation.

However, there are practical considerations to take into account when faced with such a situation, not least of all the financial implications of having to pay for a funeral, of losing the income of that loved one and indeed in managing the care of children.

There are several routes to compensation following a fatal accident : –

Bereavement Award – There are certain classes of individuals who are entitled to claim a bereavement award under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.  Those entitled to claim are limited to the parents of children under the age of 18 and surviving spouses or partners.  A lump sum payment of £12,980 is payable, together with the cost of funeral expenses and the cost of a headstone and other associated expenses.

Claim for Dependents – Again only certain categories of people are able to make this type of claim, including spouses, children and people who can show that they were or were expected to be supported by the deceased.

Claim on behalf of the Estate – Family members can claim for the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their death and for any expenses incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical expenses.

Our team of specialist lawyers will be able to assist you in pursuing a claim of this nature.  We are able to identify who can make a claim and what type of claim can be made and we will ensure that we maximise the compensation recoverable.  We will be there to guide you through the process and to seek the redress you as a family deserve.

Fatal accident compensation claims can be extremely complex, with detailed financial calculations being required to ascertain the support individuals would have received from the deceased.  We have access to a trusted network of specialist financial experts to ensure that your claim is fully considered and particularised.


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