It is an uncomfortable fact that people do die in accidents, leaving behind devastated family members and loved ones. If the accident was someone else’s fault, then the family of the deceased may be able to make a fatal injury compensation claim. In some cases, the compensation will be essential for the family to carry on after the death.
Because fatal accident compensation claims are so important for the financial security of the family left behind, you need a firm of Solicitors with experience of dealing with complicated and high-value claims and a lawyer who will act compassionately and empathetically.
As with all personal injury compensation claims, you need to prove that the fatal accident was caused as a result of the negligence of another party. Once you appoint your Solicitor, they will assist you in compiling the relevant evidence and presenting it to the third-party insurers.
Every personal injury compensation claim is different. Whilst some are settled within a few months, others can take years. Most cases are settled out of court; however, some cases do proceed to trial if there is a dispute which cannot be resolved by negotiation.
Personal injury compensation awarded to a family on behalf of a deceased relative can include an amount for the pain and suffering of the deceased, repayment of actual losses (for example funeral expenses) and a bereavement award for the deceased’s spouse or parents. Cohabitees in a long-term unmarried relationship (“common law” husbands and wives) who have lived together continuously for more than 2 years prior to the date of death are essentially treated the same as married partners, which enables them to pursue a claim. Partners in a civil partnership or any individual who has a financial dependency on the deceased may be able to claim compensation too. This can include grandchildren who are cared for on a permanent basis by a grandparent who is involved in a fatal accident, dependent or elderly parents, or persons with a disability in a similar dependent position.
We are normally able to offer a “No Win No Fee Agreement” in relation to this type of claim, which gives peace of mind in relation to the cost of bringing a claim.