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 may not 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.

Find out more about making a claim here.

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 a No Win No Fee service, so you have no upfront costs to pay, and you are under no obligation to go ahead with anything unless you want to.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

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.

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 start your claim online. We’ll then talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee service.  


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