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What Are Your Fatal Accident Claim Options?

When it comes to fatal accident claims there are a number of possible avenues you can go down to claim the compensation and support you deserve following the death of a loved one. It can be quite challenging knowing what you can do amidst the pain of a bereavement as well as the uncertainty around legal terms which is why we have created this article to explain several options.

Here are some of the options available to you for making a fatal accident claim…

The Options for a Fatal Accident Claim

The term ‘fatal accident claim’ may seem like a simple claim option but it is in fact a complex process of receiving compensation. Every fatal accident is different and so are the options for making a claim. There are a number of different factors that determine what claims can be pursued and how much is awarded. For example, some types of fatal accident claims can only be awarded if the claimant had a particular relation to the deceased at the time of their death. Regardless of these factors, any such claim is reliant on whether the claimant was a dependent of the deceased and only if the accident was a result of error or negligence on the part of another person.

When you first approach a solicitors firm to discuss your case, they will explore the circumstances surrounding the death, your relationship to the deceased, and why compensation would be a suitable and supportive acknowledgement of your unlawful loss. Information such as this is important for establishing what options are available and what options are not possible.

One of the first options to consider is how much pain and suffering has been caused as a result of the accident and how it affected their quality of life. For instance, if the deceased received an asbestos-related disease, this compensation option would take into account the pain and suffering during their lifetime with the disease.

Compensation is not just about providing claimants with justice but it’s also extremely helpful in easing financial burden, which brings us on to the next claim option. If the death didn’t occur suddenly but rather after a sustained period of time, then certain fees will have been affected by this. Compensation may be awarded to cover medical costs, cost of care and loss of earnings. It will also award other amounts where reasonable expenses may have been required as a result of the accident.

The next option to think about is the bereavement award, a statutory compensation claim that we have long believed to be outdated and unjust. The award is only eligible for spouses or parents of the deceased, which means that there are too many unfair situations of people being unable to claim. The award currently provides damages of £12,980 no matter how the death came to be.

Similar to one of our previous points, there are other expenses that can be aided with a successful compensation claim. When a death has suddenly occurred with no prior warning, funeral expenses can be even more difficult to manage. It’s possible to claim back these expenses with a fatal accident claim.

The last option we would like to mention is a dependency claim. This type of claim highlights how impacted a person has been as a result of the loss of life. It provides compensation damages to claimants who were dependent on the deceased in various aspects of their life. The damages are calculated based on a number of elements including loss of income, loss of pension provision and loss of contribution to household activities.

Get Advice from Experienced Solicitors

If you feel you would be eligible for one of the above options or would like to know more about the help you can receive following a fatal accident, you can get in touch with a qualified law firm. We are an experienced team of solicitors who specialise in fatal accident claims. We can offer free advice no matter how small or large your query is. Contact us today to find out more about the support that is available to you.

Rate of Fatal Road Accidents in Britain Reaches Highest in Five Years

Fatal road accidents can leave devastating consequences for all those involved in a crash as well as the family of the deceased. The rate of these type of accidents are on the rise and having reached the highest figure in five years, it just shows the alarming danger road users face in Britain.

As reported by the Metro, 2016 saw the number of fatal road accidents reach its highest point in five years. There were 1,792 deaths recorded which is the highest since 2011 and an increase of 4% from 2015. The Department for Transport has described the data as ‘not statistically significant’ and cited ‘natural variation’ as a probable reason for the increase.

Director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, has called for more to be done to prevent further road accidents. Gooding bemoaned the lack of progress since 2011 but has praised a new reporting system which is used to gather accurate data about accidents.

Have you been affected by a fatal road accident? We will help you every step of the way to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our solicitors today to start your claim.

The Factors Which Can Determine a Bereavement Award Claim

When it comes to claiming a bereavement award, there are a number of different factors which will affect whether your claim is successful or not.

Here is a round-up of some of the most common elements which will determine whether your  bereavement award payout is successful or not.

What Affects a Bereavement Award Claim?

To be successfully awarded a bereavement award, a court will have to consider the claimant’s relationship with the deceased. As it stands, an award can only be given to a spouse or civil partner of the deceased or, if the deceased is under the age of 18, their parents. The amount received is currently a total sum of £12,980 regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding the death.

Bereavement awards have continuously been the centre of arguments within the legal sector as many consider the payout and restricted eligibility as a symbolic sum rather than an accurate representation of the emotional and economic loss caused by the victim’s death.

There are various circumstances which make the award in its current state unfair. If the deceased is an illegitimate child under 18, then only the mother would receive a payout. If the deceased is an adult, then the parents would receive nothing. When both parents are eligible for the award, then both would only receive £6,490 no matter their pain, grief or suffering. Even worse, if a parent dies, then a son or daughter would not be eligible for a bereavement award. If a fatal accident occurred when a victim was still a child but they pass when they turn 18, then no award is payable.

There is hope and an ongoing fight to ensure that bereavement awards will eventually open up in the near future, providing people with the payouts they deserve no matter their relationship to the victim or the victim’s age at the time of death.

Our team of expert solicitors have dedicated experience in dealing with fatal accident claims including bereavement awards. Contact us today for free advice to see if you may be able to claim for a bereavement award.

Insurance Companies Profit from Motor Accidents

Motor insurance companies have been accused of ‘profiteering’ when it comes to renewal of motor insurance premiums.  Across all polices for fatal car accident claims and non-fatal accident claims it has been reported that the number of accidents have reduced whilst the premiums have increased.

This is despite the fact that the solicitors costs have been drastically reduced when a claim has been made.  Further the costs that motor insurance companies have to payout have also drastically been reduced meaning that they pay less out overall in compensation to all victims who have been hurt, including fatal car accident claims.

Cost of Motor Accident Claims Increased by £110

Despite the reduction in motor accidents including fatal motor accident claims and the drastic cuts in legal costs insurers have to pay, the average insurance policy has gone up by £110.  Thus the average motor policy is now £781 of comprehensive cover.

It is said that the increase has been due to the Government rise in insurance premium tax and the alleged surge in whiplash injury claims.

One law firm (who acts for large motor insurance companies, Weightmans) is reported to the number of motor accidents including fatal car accident claims have reduced by 7 per cent over the past year.

The numbers are from 876,000 to 816,000. Compensation pay-outs have risen slightly from £2586 in 2015 to £2,673 in 2016 however.

A claimant law firm has stated that the figures show that the motor industry will increase insurance premiums ‘no matter what.’  The cost of insurance premiums bear no resemblance to the number of claims being made.