If a loved one passed away because of negligence or an accident, we’re here to help
We know how difficult it can be to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. We also understand that the death of somebody close to you can often leave you with financial strain – an extra pressure which you shouldn’t need to deal with at such a traumatic time.
If your partner or spouse passed away, we know that you’ll be adjusting to life without them. In some cases, you may have been reliant on their income and we realise that this can leave you in a very difficult and stressful situation.
The death of a non-dependent family member can also cause considerable financial strain because of the cost of funeral arrangements, legal fees and many other unexpected costs, which can have a serious impact on your financial situation. You may also have been worried about losing your home if the property was owned by your loved one and wasn’t left to you in their will.
We know that no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a close family member, but a successful fatal accident compensation claim could help you to reduce the financial pressure of the death of a family member so that you can focus on more important things.
We appreciate how difficult it can be to talk about a fatal accident, but we have a dedicated team of experts available 24/7 on 0800 376 0150 for when you feel ready to speak about your experience and find out how we can help you.
We’ve spoken to many people in situations similar to yours over our 20 years, so we have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the advice you need and help you get the justice you deserve.
If you’d prefer us to call you back, please enter your details in our online form at the bottom of the page and we’ll contact you as soon as we can.
Are you eligible to claim for a fatal accident?
As a free advisory service, we’re here to give you clarity on your situation and legal standing in such a distressing and draining time.
Quite simply, this means that you can contact us to find out if you can make a claim for a deceased family member without the obligation to start a claim and completely free of charge. The number to contact us on is 0800 376 0150.
Alternatively, if you’re not quite ready to speak to somebody about your experience, we typically advise that if a member of your family passed away as a result of an accident or medical mistake in the last 3 years then you may be able to make a compensation claim. The accident or medical negligence they suffered must not have been their fault for a claim to be considered.
The claims process for fatal accidents
The first step towards making a fatal accident claim is getting in contact with us. Our advice and service is free and is there to give you the peace of mind that you do have a claim and that you’re working with the right specialist solicitor.
You’re under no obligation to start a claim when you contact us, but if you do choose to continue then you’ll be transferred to an experienced solicitor who will give a free initial consultation on how they can help you and what the next steps are.
Many people who contact us are worried that they’ll have to go to court in order to make a claim. In around 95% of cases this is not necessary, but if your case does need to go to court your solicitor will be on hand to guide you through the process.
Typically, when a fatal accident claim is made you can claim compensation on the victim’s behalf (also 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 (also known as a dependent’s claim).
A dependent’s claim is made when you were 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 person treated as a child
- Parent or guardian
- 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
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.
You may also be able to claim compensation for any pain or suffering that they experienced as a result of their accident.
To get advice or to find out whether you have a case, call one of our friendly legally trained advisors on 0800 376 0150. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and talk through the next steps in more detail.
No win no fee
All of our solicitors will help you to make your case on a no win no fee basis. This means that if for some reason your claim is not successful, you won’t be charged a penny.
Our no win no fee policy takes the risk out of claiming by making sure that you are never left out of pocket. And if your claim is successful, the amount of money which your solicitor charges will have been agreed beforehand, so there will be no surprises.
In some rare cases, you may not be able to make a no win no fee claim. Although unlikely, if this applies to you, your solicitor will tell you in advance and let you know what the alternatives are before you begin your case.
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. It also helps to compensate for the suffering that you have experienced. The statutory award for bereavement can help cover the financial losses you’ve suffered on top of any compensation that you receive.
Types of fatal accident
Any negligent behaviour or accident, if serious enough, can lead to a fatal accident. However, there are some accident types that are more likely to result in a death.
For example, reckless driving at speed is a common cause of road traffic accidents and ultimately fatalities. There are also cases where a workplace accident has led to a fatality such as accidents that involve dangerous machinery, working at height or other industrial or construction accidents.
Fatalities may also be caused by industrial diseases and illnesses, such as carbon monoxide poisoning and asbestosis. Even if your exposure to asbestos was a long time ago, we may still be able to help you.
If your loved one suffered a medical mistake, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis or any other form of medical neglect that led to them passing away then it’s likely we can help you. You can contact us today on 0800 376 0150 or visit our medical negligence section for more advice and details on making a medical negligence claim.
Your tailored advice and claim
We’re here to give you advice following the death of somebody close to you. So whether you’re sure you want to make a claim or are simply looking for somebody to speak to about your experience, we’re here.
When you call, 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, but you don’t need to worry about giving the finer details at this stage.
During your call with us, we’ll let you know if we think you have a claim, and should you give your permission for us to continue, we’ll choose a solicitor for you and transfer you to them, usually on the same call.
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 for free on 0800 376 0150 or enter your details into one of our forms and we’ll call you back. Our call backs are typically done within 30 minutes during our opening hours.