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Fatal Accidents

If a loved one has passed away because of an accident, we’re here to help.

We understand the difficulty of coping with grief after the loss of a loved one. We also understand that the death of someone close to you can often leave you in financial hardship.

Adjusting to life after the passing of a spouse partner is difficult as you may have been reliant on their income – we know that this can be a stressful situation.

The death of a non-dependent family member can also cause financial strain because of funeral costs, legal fees, and other unexpected costs. The loss of your home because of financial strain may also be of concern to you.

We know that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of your loved one, but a successful fatal accident compensation claim could help reduce the financial pressures so you can move forward.

When you feel ready to speak about your experience and wish to discuss your options, you can call our experienced no win no fee lawyers for no obligation advice. If you would prefer a callback, please fill out the form below 1300 106 107.

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Are You Eligible To Claim?

As a free advice company, we’re here to help you understand your situation and your options through such stressful times. This mean you can contact us to find out if you can make a claim for a deceased family member with no obligation to start a claim.

Alternatively, if you’re not ready to discuss your experiences, we generally advise that if a family member passed away as the result of an accident or medical mistake in the last three years, then you may be able to make a claim.

The Claim Process

The first step towards a fatal accident claim is to contact us. Our services and advice are free and there to give you peace of mind that you have a claim and are working with the right specialist for you.

There is no obligation when you contact us, but if you choose to continue with a claim, we’ll transfer you to an experienced solicitor who will provide a free initial consultation and advice you as to the next steps.

Typically, when a fatal accident claim is made you can claim compensation on the victim’s behalf (known as a victim’s claim), or, if you were reliant on your loved one’s income, you can make a claim to cover the loss of the financial support they provided (known as a dependent’s claim).

Dependent’s Claim

A dependent’s claim is made by a person who was supported by or reliant on the income of the person who passed away. This means that if you were partially or entirely financially dependent on your loved one, you can make a case to recover the loss of that financial support.

Family members who can make a dependent’s claim include:

  • A child or grandchild
  • Parent, guardian or grandparent
  • Brother or sister
  • Aunt or uncle
  • Child of brother, sister, aunt or uncle
  • Husband or wife
  • Former husband or wife
  • Cohabiting couple living together for two years or more

Victim’s claim

Compensation can also be claimed on behalf of the person who died.

Your loved one may have suffered financial losses between the time of their injury and their death because of treatment costs or having to take time off work. You may be able to claim these costs back on their behalf.

For advice or to find out whether you have a claim, call one of our legally trained advisors on 1300 106 107 – They’ll be able to answer questions and talk through the next steps with you.

No Win, No Fee

Our work is done on what is known as a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, meaning you pay nothing unless your claim is successful. This takes the risk out of a claim for personal injury compensation so you’re not left out of pocket. If a claim is successful, only then is a fee calculated based on your win. If you don’t win, you don’t pay us a penny.

Statutory award for bereavement

In addition to the victim’s claim and the dependent’s claim, you may also be able to receive a statutory award for bereavement.

This is a sum of around £12,000 which acts as a recognition that the death of your family member was wrongful. The statutory award for bereavement can help cover the financial losses you’ve suffered in addition to any compensation you receive.

Types of fatal accident

Any serious negligent behaviour or accident can be fatal, however, there are some types of accidents more likely to result in death.

For example, reckless driving at speed is a common cause of accidents and fatality. There are also cases where a workplace accident involving things like dangerous machinery, working at height or other industrial accidents, have led to a fatality.

Fatalities may also be caused by industrial diseases and illnesses, such as carbon monoxide poisoning and asbestosis.

Medical Negligence

If your loved one suffered a medical mistake, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis or any other form of medical neglect that led to their passing, it’s likely we can help you. You can contact us today on 1800 106 107 or visit our medical negligence section for more details on making a medical negligence claim.

Your Tailored Advice and Claim

We’re here to help you following your experience, so whether you want to make a claim or looking for somebody to speak to about your experience, we’re here.

One of our friendly legally trained advisors will take your call. They have a huge amount of experience dealing with cases similar to yours and understand how difficult it can be to talk about the loss of a loved one.

Any information you can give us about the accident will help with your case. During your call with us, we’ll let you know if we think you have a claim, and should you wish to continue, we’ll transfer you to an appropriate no win no fee solicitor.

Your solicitor will then guide you and your family through the process of making a claim and complete most of the paperwork on your behalf, leaving you with time to focus on recovering from your loss.

If you’re ready to contact us, you can call us free on 1300 106 107 or fill out our form for a callback. These are typically within 30 minutes during business hours.