The loss of a family member as a result of a fatal accident is truly devastating and often overwhelming.
While no amount of money could ever fully compensate you for the loss of someone special, it can help to ease the financial burden that can arise in these tragic situations.
If you were financially dependent on the deceased, you may be able to make a fatal accident compensation claim for the loss of financial support, loss of other types of support such as childcare or household duties, and for loss of other benefits such as pension rights. To talk to one of our specialist Fatal Injury Solicitors call us free on 0800 310 2222.
The law states the following people can recover for dependency;
- Spouse or a former spouse
- Civil partner or former civil partner
- Cohabitee if you have been living as man and wife for over two years
- Parent or ascendant of the deceased
- Child or other descendant
- Person who is the brother, sister, uncle or aunt of the deceased
Fatal accident claims are often made following occupational or workplace accidents, car accidents or other road accidents, medical negligence, military accidents, aviation accidents and accidents abroad.
How to make a fatal accident compensation claim
There are two main parts to making a fatal accident compensation claim. The first of which focuses on compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering up to the date of their death and the second is brought under the provisions of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 which focuses on dependants, i.e. family members, of someone who dies as a result of any wrongful act or negligence.
Also, in certain cases you may be entitled to bereavement damages which is a fixed sum set by statute of £11,800 and is only payable to the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, the parents or mother of a child under 18 years.
Making a fatal accident claim will be a difficult afterthought following the trauma of losing a family member, Vincents Solicitors can guide you and your family through the claims process to help you receive the compensation you need. We understand the care and attention required to deal with these extremely sensitive cases so contact us today.