As specialist fatal accident solicitors we take the worry about speaking to a qualified solicitor if you wish to seek advice or simply wish to have a chat with a solicitor. We provide a No Win, No Fee, Solicitor service for fatal accident claims.
No Win No Fee Solicitors – How Does It Work?
In simple terms if the fatal accident compensation claim is lost which can be by obtaining unfavorable advice when the fatal accident solicitor is investigating the claim or lost at a Court Hearing the general rule is that the losing party has to pay the winning parties costs. However those costs are now qualified since April 2013 as in a fatal injury claim the losing party does not have to pay the legal costs of the action save for expenses in running the case. For a detail look on what this means see qualified one way costs shifting link.
However to save time and worry in having to read the above link and understand this, the simple way to protect yourself is to obtain legal insurance. We can obtain the insurance on your behalf and you only pay for the insurance if you win the case so it is genuinely worry free.
So by obtaining insurance through fatal accident solicitors you protect yourself against any legal costs if the claim for compensation is lost.
What Does it Cost If I Win?
In the event of winning compensation for a fatal accident claim the you win pay the following:
Success fee of between 0% to 25% of qualifying compensation
Legal expense insurance (if one is obtained) – remember you don’t pay this if you lose.
The balance of the compensation will be paid to you.
The tragic deaths of the Band Members of Viola Beach and their Manager was held locally in their home town of Warrington Cheshire. Once the short formalities of the hearing took place the Inquest was adjourned to be heard at a later time.
This is because the Coroner will have insufficient evidence to make any verdict into the cause of the death. Only once the evidence has been collated by the Swedish Police and other relevant organisations will the Inquest into the Deaths of Viola Beach be heard.
It was reported that the bodies of the band members have been returned to their respective families.
All band members of Viola Beach were killed on the 13 February 2016 whilst they were in Sweden when their hired car departed from a bridge and landed into a canal below. All men were killed. There were unfounded rumors that the band may have taken drink or drugs but was later proved wrong when the toxicologist report on the bodies revealed negative findings.
Warrington Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg
The Coroner headed to hear the Inquest of the deaths has been named as Nicholas Rheinberg who officially released the bodies so the burials could take place. The Swedish Police and the UK Police are said to be in co-operation with each other over the fatal car crash.
Affected by the Fatal Car Crash?
This tragic car crash has been reported by the national press and TV because in one accident, it has took the lives of all the band members who were young and had promising careers ahead of them. Such as waste of life and yet the accident circumstances are still unknown.
The unknown facts leaves the bereaved families in limbo and hinders the grieving process.
At the fatal accident claims solicitors we not only helping many families affected by such similar tragic events and difficult times but specialise in fact finding and getting to the truth of what happened by liaising with the police and relevant authorities including, if necessary obtaining specialist expert evidence. Once the evidence has been obtained to present any case at an Inquest Hearing before the Coroner. Once the hearing has been held, to continue to support the families to help with all the necessary paper-work and deal with all financial claims for loss and dependency including any bereavement award and funeral expenses.
Every case is tragic. We will help, just call us for advice and assistance. We are No Win No Fee Solicitors so you will have not worry problems by instructing experienced qualified solicitors. For the avoidance of doubt we are not representing the families of Viola Beach or the manager’s family and dependents.
Fatal Car Accidents and Compensation Claim Solicitors
Nobody can put a cost on the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident. The personal tragedy, pain and suffering is immeasurable. Whilst the law treats the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident as the same as other tragic accidents, fatal car accidents deserve a particular mention here because of the number of deaths on the Road (about 3,000 per year).
It is often the case that death by dangerous driving often leave bereaved families let down by the Justice system. With only 60% of drivers being procectued and an average prison sentence of 4 years really is not good enough. With compensation that follows a fatal road accident by dangerous or careless driving, totally inadequate, it is common feeling of injustice for the victim and the family left behind.
The two main types of fatal accident claims that arise from the following charges made out by the police:
Fatal road accident claims may also arise without any charge of criminal activity on behalf of the driver(s) to blame. This is because to charge a driver with death by careless or dangerous driving requires a higher standard of proof by the police (or Crown Prosecution Service ‘CPS’). The phrase most people would have heard from films is ‘proof beyond reasonable doubt.’ However in a civil claim as opposed to criminal, where compensation is claimed against the driver(s), the standard of proof the fatal accident solicitors need is ‘on a balance of probabilities’ i.e. proof of blame above 50%.
Help & Support When You Need It – Fatal Accidents
Despite the hurdles families have to face when they lose a loved one following a death in a fatal car accident, nevertheless there is an enormous amount of work we can do to help you. From helping with the investigations about the cause of the fatal road accident to dealing with the paper-work and compensation amount we will be here for you every step of the way.
Our NO WIN, NO FEE, SOLICITOR service means that there will be at least one less worry on the families behalf by instructing us the specialist in fatal car accident claims.
Fatal Car Accidents – Multiple Hurt
With fatal car accidents the tragedy is often amplified by the fact that the same members of one family and/or close friends are often occupants in the same car. In a number of cases, several family members are killed. The effects are devastating and even more so if the driver of the same family was at fault. We will be here to support the family get to the truth and guide them through the legal maze and see a sense of justice through the pain and hurt.
At R James Hutcheon Solicitors we do understand that compensation 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 a loved one especially if they were the main “bread winner.” Below is a list of most common questions asked by bereaved families:-
Who will pay the bills?
Who will look after the children?
Often a claim out of financial necessity as well as getting to the truth of what happened tends to be the dominant factors when family dependants instruct solicitors.
It’s not just about compensation.
Our specialist fatal accident team helps the family achieve a sense of justice by taking action against the Defendant to prove fault and to legally represent the family at the inquest to help investigate the cause of death.
Family Claims – Passengers in a car will nearly always be entitled to compensation against the driver of the car they are traveling in, the driver of the other car or both. This is because they are innocent victims which sometimes means that they (or their estate) will have to claim against a family member who was at fault when driving the car they were traveling in. However, and in reality it is the insurance company of the driver who will pay the compensation.
If the driver does not have any insurance please see below in respect of “MIB” cases. In such tragic cases a claim for compensation must be considered and expert solicitor representation should be sought.
Uninsured or Untraced Fatal Car Accident Claims (MIB Claims) – A sizable number of fatal and non-fatal but serious accidents result in a driver being uninsured or failing to stop at the scene of the accident. You should not give up hope in claiming compensation as the Motor Insuers Bureau (“MIB”) was set up to compensate victims/family members of car accidents. Compensation will be payable in the usual way.
Not everyone connected to the deceased can claim compensation. The law limits the type of people who can claim. The word “family” and “dependants” are used to describe close family ties with the deceased such as children, wife or husband as this group of family members are often the most affected in a fatal accident claim and usually “dependant” upon the deceased.
Therefore the person(s) who can claim on behalf of the deceased are those close family members who were in some way “dependant” upon the deceased before and at the time of death which include:
Deceased’s infant children
Parents of the deceased
Any person who was living with the deceased as husband or wife immediately before the accident and was doing so for at least two years prior to the accident
A fatal accident claim on behalf of the deceased can also be made if the deceased would have been able to claim compensation himself/herself at the time of death.
For further reading please click onto the following links on our fatal accident web site:
The number of fatal road accidents in Britain for 2007, according to the Department of Transport, fell by 7% from 3,172 in 2006 to 2,943. The number of non-fatal serious injuries on the road were 30,720. There were 247,780 road casualties. The number of fatal accidents among car users were 1,431 and non-fatal serious injury accidents 11,536. The number of fatal accidents and non-fatal serious accidents involving children was 3,090, of those 1,899 were pedestrians, 121 children died on the roads. There were 644 pedestrian fatal accidents. Pedal cyclists fatal accidents fell from 146 in 2006 to 136 in 2007, serious non-fatal accidents rose by 6% to 2,428. There were 588 motorcyclists fatally killed, the number of fatal and non-fatal but serious accidents rose on the previous year to to 6,737. All motorcycle accidents was 1% higher at 23,459. The Cost of road accidents is estimated to about £20,000 million in which 95% are of human error. One is seven people fatally killed on the road have a drink-drive element. There are about 31million vehicles on the road. Deaths of the road to car accident for further reading and advice.