A family member may have been involved in an accident which unfortunately took their life. If the accident was due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to bring a claim on their behalf and receive compensation.
It is a devastating fact that people do die in accidents and leave behind distraught family members and loved ones but it does happen. If the fatal accident was someone else’s fault, then the family of the deceased may be able to make a fatal injury compensation injury claim on their behalf.
No matter what the circumstances may be, a fatal accident in which a loved one is lost is a very traumatic experience. If this death is caused due to another person’s negligence, it compounds this feeling. Whilst no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering you will feel, the compensation you which you can claim will help to ease the financial burden that has been placed upon you and your family.
Making a claim for compensation will obviously not be the first thing those loved ones think of but in some fatal cases the compensation will be essential for the family to carry on after the death.
For example, if a man is killed in an accident at work leaving behind his wife who looks after their children, she may have no way of providing for those children in his absence and we can help.
There is legislation in place which relates to fatal accidents. It is known as the ‘Fatal accident act 1976’. This act ensures that the dependants of the deceased are eligible to claim for compensation if the fatal accident was a result of someone’s error. The following are examples of whom a dependant may be:
- Brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews
- A spouse or ex-spouse
- Blood children and other descendants (this includes adopted children and children through marriage and civil partnership)
- Parents or ascendants including grandparents and great grandparents
- A co-habitant, living with the deceased for a period of at least two years prior to death.
It is important to note that there is a three-year statute of limitations for filing fatal accident compensation claims. This commences from the date of death or from a date where the death was linked to the accident or exposure.
If during the process of dealing with the claim the three-year time limit passes, then the three years will reset itself. This allows the family time to continue with the claim that they are making.
The fatal claim process is a long and complex one and each fatal claim is different. We will advise you as to how much your claim is worth when we know more about the incident upon which you will be making a claim. As we mentioned each fatal claim is different and these are only estimates, we will aim to get you all the compensation you deserve. As mentioned to help us with that we need as much information from you and as much detail as you possibly can.
You will be making a claim for several different reasons. These reasons include claiming for a loss of earnings that were incurred by the deceased if they spent time in hospital unable to work, if there are any costs incurred in caring for the deceased. This includes funeral costs, hospital costs and other miscellaneous costs. You need experts to fight for you every step of the way in the duration of your claim. Here at Seatons we will give you regular updates on the progress of your claim.
Because fatal accident compensation claims are so important for the family left behind, you need a firm of solicitors with experience of dealing with complicated and high value claims as well as a firm which can act with compassion and empathy towards the deceased’s family and making sure your claim is handled as soon as possible to a high standard.
At Seatons we have dealt with many fatal injury claims after people have been killed in an accident at work, and road accidents. We have teams of expert solicitors who can help you with any enquiry and give you a free consultation over the phone where we can assess your claim. We also irradiate all the legal jargon so that all of what we say makes sense and so that you know we are with you every step of the way. We always work on a no win no fee basis. Our experts will be there to help you with clear and coherent advice for the duration of your claim.
Fatal Accident Claim Specialists
Hello, I am Adam Cresswell and I am the Head of Seatons Solicitors Compensation Claim Department.
We act for clients on accident claims across the United Kingdom. We are not a middleman claims company. We are specialist accident compensation claim lawyers. We will always fight on your behalf and make sure your claim is dealt with quickly and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation. We are members of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority Personal Injury Panel which is only open to solicitors who have high levels of experience and expertise in dealing with accident claims.
Free Initial Advice – No Win No Fee
If you have had an accident and are thinking about making a claim, then please call us. We offer free initial advice and if we take your claim on, we always work on a No Win No Fee basis.
All you need do is simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 01536 276300 or use our online enquiry form and we can then take things from there.