Fatal Accident Claims Guide

The legal issues surrounding fatal accident claims can be complex and demanding. As specialist solicitors in this law topic, we appreciate that no compensation can replace the untimely death of a loved one.

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Fatal Accident Claims

The death of a loved one through a fatal accident can lead to total devastation. Injury compensation, bereavement awards and dependency claims are all secondary but important considerations. Every unlawful accident is a personal tragedy and we ensure that each case will be treated sympathetically.

Dependency claims are a common factor for the immediate family left behind as well as compensation for the death and hurt caused. This type of claim is awarded to someone who may have relied on the deceased before their death.

A bereavement award requires set criteria to be met and is based on the claimant's relationship to the deceased. A one-off payment is awarded no matter the specific situation of the fatal accident, the amount of which was last raised to £15,120 in May 2020. The criteria has recently been updated to allow cohabitees to be entitled to the award as long as they lived with the deceased two years before their death. A new legislation called Jack's Law is set to come into force to provide parents with bereavement leave following the death of a child.

We understand that not everyone is in search for compensation following a fatal accident. The truth is more important. Over a period of time help is often required if the deceased’s family are met with denials, shifting blame or an unsympathetic attitude. As specialist solicitors we will listen to you and your family in order to take the action you require.

“The law does not always lead to justice but we will ensure that we will use our skill and experience to achieve the best result possible for the family and dependents.” - Mr. Ronnie Hutcheon

When it comes to fatal accident claims our judgement and philosophy is to always act in the best interests of the family and dependents. We encourage you to call even if it is something you may think is trivial.

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Fatal Accident Act 1976

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 provides for a fatal accident compensation award on behalf of the “dependents” of the deceased. The dependents are usually the spouse, partner or children of the deceased. We understand that compensation following an unexpected loss of life is often a secondary thought, but making a claim helps maintain financial stability and relieve the financial worry and stress that comes with losing a spouse or partner. Often a claim out of financial necessity as well as getting to the truth of what happened following a sudden death tends to be the dominant factors when family dependents instruct solicitors.

Its not all about receiving compensation for a fatal accident. Our specialist team of solicitors help families achieve a sense of justice by taking action against the defendant to prove fault as well as to legally represent the family at the inquest in order to help investigate the cause of death. Very often the defendants will deny responsibility or the cause of death is not always clear, which is why expert legal advice from qualified lawyers is required to achieve justice and to claim the maximum amount of compensation.