Fatal Accident Claims Guide
Firstly, it must be appreciated that no amount of compensation can replace the untimely death of a loved one involved in a fatal accident claim and although every unlawful fatal injury claim causing death is a personal tragedy, we as a specialist fatal accident claim Solicitors ensure that each case is treated sympathetically and seriously.
Although the current legal issues surrounding fatal injury claims can be confusing, this post intends to break down the current legal process concerning fatal accident claims guide (hopefully in “non-legal” jargon terms) and attempts to illustrate the claims procedure. For further reading on motor accidents, see fatal motor accidents claim guide.
1. The Current law regarding Fatal accidents:
• Under the current Fatal Accidents Act 1976 for dependency claims by relatives of people who are killed by the negligent wrongdoings of others can recover compensation for the death and hurt caused from losing a loved one.
• The Fatal Accident Act 1976 provides for a fatal accident compensation award on behalf of the “dependants” of the Deceased. The Dependents are usually the Spouse, Partner, Children of the Deceased.
• The word “dependent” refers to a person who is sustained by another person, such as a child supported by his or her parents. The word also refers to financial reliance which can be in money or “monies worth. So if a Dependent was living in the Deceased’s property “rent free” it is a possible claim.
• However the number of Dependents can be wide and not limited to the immediate family. It can extend to brothers and sisters, grandparents etc.
• Furthermore, the Fatal Accidents 1976 Act also allows for a ‘bereavement claim’ to be awarded in recognition of grief by a further restricted class of “dependant” (a spouse, partner or parents/mother if the deceased was a minor under the age of 18). For more information please visit our dedicated webpage concerning the bereavement award.
• As of 1 April 2013, the amount of the bereavement claim award increased from £11,800 to £12,980. In our respectful view, this amount is pitiful. Although we appreciate that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, the level of this award should be increased.
• In addition, the Fatal Accident Act1976 Act also allows for ‘funeral expenses’ to be claimed by the dependants in respect of the deceased.
2. What you can expect from us:
• As specialist fatal accident claim solicitors, we are here to help you every step of the way to make a fatal accident compensation claim. Sympathetic advice and support is paramount in addition to maximum compensation for dependency and other related financial loss.
- With this in mind, we strongly believe it is unjust to take up to 25% of the compensation for grieving families. However whilst we do not like to charge any success fee, due to significant increases in court fees and drastic legal cost cutting we are forced to make a charge which currently stands at 12.5% plus vat (almost half what most other solicitors will charge). Of course we offer a No Win No Fee Solicitor service so the family are fully protected. Thus it can be costly to go to another firm of solicitors.
• If you wish to seek further guidance and advice; please feel free to contact our specialist fatal accident solicitors. We will be pleased to help you even if it is just a query rather than making a fatal accident claim.
• Our details are on our website: Fatal Accident Solicitors Contact Us page:
Further reading on fatal accident claims guide.
See our specific webpages for further information:
Posted: September 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm