A fatal accident is amongst the most traumatic events that can occur within a family, and will affect the family forever. The grief is made even harder to bear when the deceased was killed in an accident in which they had no control.
In these cases, it may be possible to claim compensation to help alleviate the financial burden that the sudden loss of a loved one can impose in a situation such as this. Making a compensation claim for the loss of a family member in a fatal accident is your right, and The Law Partnership Solicitors LLP can help you make that claim without taking a single penny from the compensation you gain.
Fatal accident claims can be quite complex, and are most easily broken into two sections of compensation. The first section is based on the physical and emotional suffering that the accident caused to the victim. If the victim went through a prolonged period of suddering after the accident, this will be compensated, as will any financial losses experienced between the date of the injury and the date of the victim’s death in terms of lost earnings and funeral expenses.
The second area of compensation is when the claimant wishes to bring a claim against another party if their loved one died as a result of a wrongful act or negligence on the part of they other party. These cases are brought forward under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The claimant must be a surviving spouse or a partner that had lived with the victim for more than two years, as well as any other remaining family members. Compensation is based on the loss of the victim’s support as a result of the accident and generally consists of the portion of the victim’s earnings that would not have been spent on themselves, as well as compensation for services that the victim may have provided, such as child care.
There is also a statutory sum available to the spouse of the deceased or to the parents of a deceased child.
With a claim which has this level of complexity comes, the claimant needs to have the full support of their solicitor and to be ensured that their claim will be handled as delicately and painlessly as possible.
We are able to handle these cases compassionately, as well as ensuring that the family of the deceased are supported in the aftermath of a tragic fatal accident.