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Fatal injury claims

Losing a loved one is something we all dread. It’s hard enough when a death occurs, but knowing that the fatal accident or injury was something preventable adds a lot more stress to what is already an impossibly difficult time.

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We know that nothing can bring that person back and the last thing you want to think about is money, but the truth is this devastating event can bring with it a lot of financial worries.

Accidental death, when caused by the negligence of someone else, should be addressed and acknowledged, both legally and financially.  Although you don’t want to think about it, claiming fatal accident compensation may mean you can settle associated costs and start to plan your future security when you’re ready.

What is a fatal injury claim?

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows dependants to claim damages where a person was killed due to the wrong-doing of another.  Put simply, you are claiming on behalf of the person who has died.

‘Dependants’ in this situation means:

  • A current, or former wife/husband/civil partner.
  • A person who was living with the deceased (for at least two years before the death).
  • Parents or ascendants (grandparents etc.).
  • A person who the deceased treated as a parent.
  • A child/descendant, or child through marriage/civil partnership
  • Brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and their children.

If you’re not sure whether you fall into one of these categories, just get in touch with us and we’ll talk you through it – at no cost and with no obligation.

Additionally you may be entitled to a Statutory Bereavement Award. This is currently a government payment of £12,980 which acts as recognition of wrongful death. The statutory bereavement award is in addition to any compensation you may receive as a result of a claim.

Why make a fatal accident claim?

Firstly, you are claiming on behalf of the person who has died and hopefully making any parties accountable for their wrong-doing.  You might also be helping to prevent this kind of situation happening to someone else.

Then there is the financial side to consider.  An unexpected death results in unexpected costs which have to be paid.  Accident compensation may ease that financial pressure when it comes to funeral costs, wills and probate, as well as giving a little security as you recover and move forward in life.
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How the claim process works

Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can take the pressure off by dealing with any potential claims on your behalf. 

Our advisers have many years’ experience and will listen to your circumstances with sympathy and understanding, before outlining your options.  We offer No Win No Fee services, so you have no upfront costs to pay, and you are under no obligation to go ahead with anything unless you want to.

How much compensation will I receive?

Award amounts very much depend on your relationship to the deceased. It takes into account such things as joint incomes and sums likely to have been spent in the future, investments and interest lost.  Payments are calculated using your individual circumstances, the pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

What are the time limits to make a fatal injury claim?

Generally, there is a three year limit from the date of death, but there are exceptions to this.  If one of the claimants is under 18, for example, they have three years starting from their 18th birthday. If you’re not sure, please get in touch with us and we will discuss your situation with you.

I’d like to know more, what should I do next?

Talk to us.  You can phone us, or request a callback at a time that suits you.  Just use the options at the top of the screen, or get in touch using our online claim form .  We’ll then talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee service.  

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Is there a time limit to making a claim?

Yes, most personal injury claims have a three year window in which you can claim.

However this can vary.  Each injury and accident page of our website will give you an indication of how long you have to claim, or we would be happy to speak to you and advise your further - just give us a call.  It's free and there's no obligation to continue with anything.

Can I claim against a family member?

Yes, you can. Claiming against relatives may seem unthinkable in any circumstance, but if you have suffered an injury that has prevented you from working or affected your life, you’re entitled to claim compensation.

One example that often arises is road accidents, where a family member was driving and could be held responsible for your injuries.

We understand that making a claim through a family member’s insurance is a difficult position to be in, but with the help of our solicitors, we promise to make the whole process as painless as possible.

If you need to claim through a relative’s insurance to help pay for the costs of your injuries, we will be there to help you throughout the negotiation stage with sensitivity and understanding.

Can I get compensation even if no one was convicted?

Yes, you can still claim compensation even if the person responsible for the criminal assault isn’t convicted or brought to justice.

You can do this through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

 

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