Fatal Accident Compensation
Slater and Gordon Lawyers’ expert solicitors have been claiming compensation for families of loved ones lost in fatal accidents for many years.
We understand the difficulties which can be faced at a time of loss and will ensure that we not only strive to achieve the justice you deserve, but that we also provide the best possible assistance and support.
Who can claim fatal accident compensation?
Under the terms of the Fatal Accident Act 1976, the dependants of the deceased are entitled to claim for compensation if the accident was due to someone else’s error or negligence.
A dependant is a person who relies on someone else, either financially or for other forms of support such as household chores, childcare or caring for a relative. Those who are often dependants include:
- A husband or wife
- An ex-husband or ex-wife
- A person who has been living with the deceased as if they were husband or wife, or as a civil partner for at least two years before the death
- A biological child, as well as children through marriage or civil partnership and adopted children
- A parent, grandparent, great grandparent or someone considered and treated as a parent by the deceased
- A person who is a brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew of the deceased
What can be claimed?
It’s important to note that every single case is different. The compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors. By way of example, in the event you lose a loved one in a fatal accident, you may be able to claim for the following:
Pain and suffering of the deceased
You can claim compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased if their death was preceded by a disease. For example, this could be if the deceased was incapacitated as a result of medical negligence, or if they’d an asbestos related disease. The compensation received is for the pain and suffering of the deceased as result of the disease while they were alive.
Loss of earnings
If the death was not immediate, you may be able to claim for the earnings lost during the time that deceased was alive but could not work.
Losses for dependency
This can be claimed for if the deceased is survived by dependants who relied on his or her income, such as a husband or wife, a minor child or elderly parents. The exact amount will depend on the deceased’s earnings, the loss of pension, bonuses and any other allowances, such as mobile phone usage, healthcare benefits and use of a company car. Losses for dependency is often the largest part of fatal accident claims.
Loss of services
It’s also possible to claim for the loss of services that the deceased may have performed. This includes childcare, gardening, housework and other DIY tasks. If the deceased had been caring for a family member with ill health, the costs associated with hiring a replacement carer may also be taken into consideration.
Actual losses refers to the actual expenditure sustained in caring for the deceased during the time before their death and any administrative costs involved with their passing and their wealth, possessions and property. This can include costs such as hospital expenses, medication, housing adaptations, medical aids and nursing care. It also includes any costs of travel for medical treatment and funeral expenses.
What is a Statutory Bereavement Award?
Aside from making a fatal accident claim, you may also qualify to receive a Statutory Bereavement Award. The award is considered to be a symbolic sum to reflect loss. It’s a fixed sum of £12,980 and is paid in addition to the amount you may be entitled to through your compensation claim. This amount is awarded to you if you’re the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, or if you’re the parent of the deceased and they were under the age of 18.
How do I make a fatal accident claim?
To make a claim, you can in touch with our specialist fatal accident solicitors. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to make a claim, our team are on hand to offer you expert help and advice. You can discuss your situation with our solicitors in complete confidence, and we’ll help you to determine if you’re able to make a claim.
It’s important to note that 98% of our fatal accident claims are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is often referred to as a No Win, No Fee agreement and means you will only be required to pay a fee if you win your case and you receive compensation for your claim. Making a claim with us requires no financial risk on your part, giving you one less thing to worry about during this difficult time.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Slater and Gordon fully appreciate just how distressing and traumatic losing a loved can be. We understand that there are a number of pressing matters you’ll have to deal with, and this may include making a compensation claim. That’s where we can help. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.
With more than 80 years of experience, we’re experts when it comes to dealing with fatal accident claims, and have the resources and knowledge needed to assess such cases. Our specialist team are professional, compassionate and sensitive in their approach and will keep in close contact with you throughout the entire claims process.
For a consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call our fatal accident claims solicitors on freephone 0800 112 4665. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.
Many of our solicitors are members of prestigious organisations, including the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
We can provide you with expert legal representation and support from anywhere in the UK. We have offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.