15 October 2015
Fatal Work Accident Claims
Our team of experts at Slater and Gordon Lawyers have extensive knowledge of working with fatal accident cases. We understand how difficult it is to come to terms with suddenly losing a loved one as well as the psychological impact it can have on a family. But rest assured, we are here to help make the process of your claim as stress free and as simple as possible so you have less to worry about.
We will support you through every step of your claim and will remain in close contact with you throughout. If you have any queries at any point during your claim, we are only a phone call away.
During the initial stages of the investigations into the accident, we can arrange to put you in touch with a bereavement councillor to help you through such a difficult time.
We will also arrange for you to have representation with a barrister to help you through the process of the inquest.
The Law Relating to Fatal Accidents
The law says that any ‘dependant’ can bring a claim for compensation for the loss of a loved one through a fatal work accident. A dependant can be:
- A husband, wife, ex-husband or ex-wife of the deceased
- A child or parent of the deceased
- A civil partner or former civil partner of the deceased
- A sibling, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or cousin of the deceased.
How is Compensation Calculated?
Both the loss of financial support and the loss of services provided to you by your loved one are taken into account when compensation is calculated. Each case is different, however, some of the things that can be included are:
- The pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of income to the family dependants
- Funeral expenses
- Probate costs
- Compensation for the services that the deceased performed such as childcare, DIY etc.
Statutory Bereavement Award
If the deceased was your husband, wife or child under the age of 18 at the date of death, you are eligible for a Statutory Bereavement Award. This is a fixed sum of £12,980 and is paid in addition to any dependency claim you make that is successful.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation in which you can discuss your situation with us before deciding to go ahead with making a claim.
Most of our fatal work accident claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means if your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t need to pay us a penny.
Contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or you can contact us online and we will call you back at a time convenient to you.