Following a fatal accident, as well as coping with the grief of losing a loved one, the family may be worried about the financial impact it will have. Our team are able to advise you with empathy and experience and help you make a claim for fatal accident compensation.
In a fatal accident claim, compensation can be awarded for-
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity Under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, an accident victim’s estate may make a claim for their pain and suffering before death. The estate can also claim for financial losses incurred from the accident to the date of death e.g. cost of care, any medical fees, and loss of earnings and for the funeral expenses.
Bereavement damages – under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, may be payable, and are currently fixed at £15,120.
- Dependency claims – also under the Fatal Accidents Act, which sets out who is entitled to make a claim for compensation based on being financially dependent on the deceased.
Sadly, many different types of accident can prove fatal, but some accidents are more likely than others to result in fatal injuries –
- Road Traffic Accidents – In the last year, 1390 people were killed because of road traffic accidents. Motorcycle, pedestrian and cycling accidents accounted for the majority of fatalities.
- Accidents at Work – An annual report published by Health and Safety executive (HSE) revealed that 147 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2021 with forklift truck accidents, construction accidents, falls from height, and farming accidents accounting for the majority of the accident at work figures.
- Clinical negligence or medical negligence – is another cause of fatal accidents. We are very fortunate in the high standard of care provided by health professions in the UK. However, mistakes are made on occasion resulting in medical accidents which sometimes are fatal.
The time limit for bringing a fatal accident claim against the person or party responsible for the accident is three years from the date of death.
If you think that you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation, please contact us
for free, no obligation advice. We are able to offer to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis in appropriate cases.