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Fatal Accident Claims – Death by 999

We are all aware of Government cut back over recent times. But when cut back cause unnecessary deaths we have to sit up in society and take action.

It is recorded that almost two patients die a month on average due to the failings of the ambulance service following a 999 call.

Main Causes of Death Following a 999 Call

It appears that many deaths are cause by:

  1. Delays on getting to the patient in a timely manner;
  2. Failure to recognise the severity of symptoms.

The findings follow the Coroner’s reports in England & Wales who have now written to the ambulance services or call handlers over eighty times to warn them they they need to make changes to prevent future deaths; essentially turning an accident into a fatal accident claim.

Fatal Accident Claims

If a friend or family member has been involved in something similar or was sadly killed due to another person please contact us for immediate and sympathetic advice and assistance.  No matter how small the query, were are here to help.

Estate to Pay more in Fatal Accident Claims

Dramatic increased in court fees are not uncommon with the Conservative Government.  Now the bereaved families are set with another tax through probate fees which will come into force in May 2017.

What is Probate in a Fatal Accident Claim?

Probate is the court procedure to ensure that the person who has died is officially recorded and to show the assets and liabilities of deceased immediately before death.

Probate will be obtained by the deceased executors if a will was left behind or through the next of kin (known as intestacy) if there is no will.

The person(s) in charge of the deceased affairs will then issue the relevant paperwork at the local court to obtain permission to officially deal with the legal affairs of the deceased which includes selling or maintaining assets and paying debts of the deceased.

In addition, of course, the person(s) dealing with the affairs of the deceased will also need to file the relevant IHT (Inheritance Tax Forms) to inform the Inland Revenue of how much tax, if any, the estate has to pay.

Fatal Accident Claims Increase Probate Fees

Fatal accident solicitors will need to advise bereaved families of the increase in the probate court fees, which can raise to £20,000 simply to authorise the court to proceed through probate.  There is nothing more the court will do for this hefty fee, it is just a backdoor method of gaining more tax from the dead.