Fatal accident claims are emotionally difficult, but fatal accident compensation can be essential in providing financial stability for dependents.
Having experienced a tragic event some people feel uneasy about making a compensation claim and we understand that. But we can assure you that making a claim following a fatal accident is appropriate and indeed, important.
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Fatal accident compensation can help to reduce the financial strain that results from the loss of a spouse or partner who contributed to the household bills, giving you one less thing to worry about while you adjust to your situation.
Often the most important aspect of fatal accident claims is getting to the truth, finding out what happened and why. There's a sense that justice needs to be done, and as an innovative and leading solicitors we see the restoration of balance, and reparation, as a priority.
In fatal accident claims we're not sure it's ever possible to obtain true justice, but we'll work hard to bring you as close to that as you can get. If it's appropriate we can help you take action against the culprit and represent you or your family at an inquest where the cause of death may be investigated. While compensation is important we recognise that, in a fatal claim a sense of justice is likely to be as, or more, important to you.
There are restrictions on who can make a fatal accident compensation claim on behalf of the deceased. Generally a fatal accident claim can be made by close family members who were in some way dependant on the deceased prior to and at the time of death.
The law is specific about eligible relationships, broadly this may include:
In fatal injury cases the dependant (next of kin etc.) has three years from the date of death to make a compensation claim; however an exception to this may be where the death was linked to a previous unknown incident.
For example in cases of industrial disease such as Mesothelioma, it may not have been known that a person had died due to their previous asbestos exposure until the post mortem was carried out. In this scenario the three year limitation (time limit) may start from the date of the post mortem.
If the deceased was the main breadwinner for the family the impact of their loss will be significant, but even if they were not the primary income for the household the there will still be serious financial consequences.
When dealing with fatal cases the courts look very closely at what the financial impact will be and award fatal accident compensation that is balanced against the financial consequences of your loss. A compensation claim may therefore include elements such as:
During the spring of 2008, Spencers secured a total of £1.2 million in compensation for a client who had lost her husband in a fatal road traffic collision whilst riding a motorcycle.
Our client instructed Spencers on the grounds that the Defendant had been negligent when pulling out of a side road. Following extensive liability investigations, our complex legal team were able to ensure liability was admitted by the driver at fault and that all potential future loss of earnings would be sufficiently covered.
If you are unsure as to whether you can make a fatal accident claim, or you would like to know if your relationship to the deceased entitles you to make a claim, please contact us.
We'll help establish whether the accident circumstances allow you to make a successful fatal accident claim and we'll answer any questions you have about the process.
What you need to know is that by working with us you get first class legal representation with the protection of no win no fee.
We have specialists in all areas personal injury, from motor accident claims to highly complex injury lawyers dealing with the most serious injury claims.