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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.