Some catastrophic injuries result in the death of the victim which can alter the lives of the victim’s family indefinitely.
The victim’s family not only has to deal with their emotional suffering but, if the family were financially dependent on the deceased victim, there can also be unexpected financial strains.
As with all personal injury claims, in order to obtain damages for a fatality it is necessary to prove that the accident, illness or injury which caused the victim’s death, was caused by the negligent actions of another. Our dedicated team of experienced lawyers will investigate the accident circumstances and where necessary arrange for representation at the inquest or criminal trial of the defendant.
Fatal accident compensation claims – bereavement
Cases which involve recovering compensation on behalf of a deceased victim’s family are often complex and can cause emotional suffering and financial hardship.
Dependants of the deceased are entitled to claim bereavement damages. ‘Dependants’ include the spouse of the deceased or the parents of a child who died when under the age of 18 years. A dependant can claim bereavement damages, which are a statutory fixed sum of £11,800 for accidents before 1 April 2013 and £12,980 for accidents on or after 1 April 2013.
Fatal accident compensation claims – dependant’s financial losses
In addition to claiming bereavement damages, a person who was financially dependant upon the deceased (this may be a wider class of persons than the persons entitled to bereavement damages) may be entitled to recover damages for the loss of that dependency. Please contact our team of dedicated solicitors today for more information.
Our aim is to obtain compensation in order to improve the quality of life of the victim’s family. If you have lost a family member or a loved one due to a fatal accident, injury or illness, please contact our fatal accident solicitors today on 033 3344 9600 for more information about making a fatal accident compensation claim.