Fatal Accident Claims
Fatal Accident Compensation Claims
Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is always going to be difficult. But if the cause of death was someone else’s fault, it can be even more devastating and hard to come to terms with.
Compensation will never make up for the loss of a loved one, but in making a claim you may be able to achieve a sense of justice. A fatal accident can help compensate you for your loss, both financially and emotionally. The last thing you need when trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one is financial pressure and anxiety about how you will cope. A fatal accident compensation claim can help to take away the financial burden.
At CFG Law we put the needs of our clients’ at the heart of everything we do and our solicitors will act in a sensitive and sympathetic manner at all times, guiding you through the process of making a claim whilst remaining professional and compassionate. We will also put you in touch with relevant support networks that can help you to start to come to terms with your loss.
When you have lost someone close to you, claiming compensation will be the last thing on your mind. You need to ensure you speak to someone with compassion and empathy, who truly understands what you are going through and will always act in your best interests.
To speak to one of our solicitors call us today on 0800 612 8196. We are here to help you every step of the way. We understand that compensation cannot bring your loved one back, but we can help you to hold someone accountable for your loss, and ease the financial struggle you might be facing.
How can we help with your fatal accident claim?
Making a fatal accident claim can be a daunting prospect and you need to ensure you have instructed the right people. At CFG Law, we have over 30 years’ experience in dealing with fatal accident and accidental death compensation claims. We understand that for many people, making a fatal accident claim is about getting justice for a loved one and proving that someone was to blame for what happened.
We will fully explore the accident surrounding the death of your loved one to ensure that someone is held accountable, and that you receive the answers you need. As with all personal injury claims, we will need to prove that the accident was as a result of someone else’s failings. We have the complex legal knowledge to guide you through this process and support you and your family at this difficult time.
We are also members of the RoadPeace Legal Panel. RoadPeace is a national charity providing help and support for road crash victims. Their legal panel consists of firms who support people bereaved or seriously injured in a road collision by enabling them access to high quality legal advice and justice.
Due to the sensitive nature of these claims, our solicitors can also come and visit you and your family at home to fully discuss your claim in an environment you feel comfortable.
Inquests after a fatal accident
Sometimes an inquest will need to be held if the cause of death was sudden, violent or unknown. An inquest will consider the circumstances of the death and how it happened and is managed by a Coroner.
At CFG Law, we are here to provide you with the help and support you need during an inquest. We will be able to talk you through the process and how it works, and can also attend the inquest alongside you to offer you the legal and emotional support you need.
The Coroner who deals with your inquest will have dealt with many inquests before; they will understand your needs at this difficult time and will be considerate of your feelings.
If you are anxious about an inquest, do not worry alone. Speak to your solicitor who will provide you with any information and help you need to continue through the process with as little as upset as possible.
Who can make a fatal accident claim?
The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 provides for compensation on behalf of the “dependants” of the Deceased. You can make a claim if you are a dependant of the deceased, a close relative of the deceased or the deceased estate. This can include:
- A husband or wife of the deceased.
- A partner who was cohabiting with the deceased as if you were husband and wife for at least two years.
- A child or parent of the deceased.
- A civil partner of the deceased.
- A sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or cousin of the deceased.
Any family member that has been dependent on the deceased for financial support may be eligible to make a fatal accident claim.
What is included in a fatal accident claim?
Claims for fatal accident compensation will include a Statutory Bereavement Award. This compensation is awarded to the family in recognition of the grief a person has gone through after the death of a loved one, as well as a financial token in recognition that the persons’ death was wrongful.
There are also other costs and expenses that can be claimed for. These include:
- The pain and suffering that the deceased experienced.
- Loss of income and financial support from the deceased.
- Funeral expenses.
- The cost of probate.
- Compensation for services the deceased would have performed (e.g. housework, childcare etc.).
At CFG Law, we will fight for the highest amount of compensation available to you. Our expert solicitors will sit down with you and your family and explain the entire process, ensuring you understand what is happening, every step of the way.
What do I do next?
Our specialist solicitors are here to help you. You can call us free 24 hours a day on 0800 612 8196. We’re here to help. Our compassionate team will be sensitive to your grief and will advise you of the best options.
We have an outstanding reputation, built on our unique approach of supporting clients from the outset of a claim. All enquiries are in full confidence with no obligation. All our fatal accident claims are also taken on a no win, no fee basis, so there is no further financial stress to you in these difficult circumstances.
We are sincerely sorry for your loss and will help you to claim compensation which will allow you to move on with justice served, and support in place.