Fatal accident: Can you claim compensation when a loved one dies?
We can help you claim compensation after your loved one has been killed in an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Claiming compensation may be one of the last things on your mind if a relative has been killed in a fatal accident or incident caused by another person’s negligence. However, if a fatal accident occurs, it is often at this time that a family will most need financial support and legal advice. This will help to cover the cost of funeral expenses, household expenses and to ensure that you and your family receive the long-term financial support that would have been provided by the loved one who has died.
Oliver & Co Solicitors have 50 years worth of experience in handling these types of claims. We guarantee to do so in a sensitive and understanding manner. Our aim is to relieve some of the stress and worries caused by the death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence.
What financial support can families receive?
Certain relatives are entitled to what is known as ‘Statutory Bereavement Award.’ This is currently £12,980. This is an amount which the Ministry of Justice gives to eligible relatives – it can be claimed in addition to any other compensation claim. Eligible relatives include:
- A spouse
- A civil partner
- A parent if the child was under the age of 18.
What damages can be claimed?
Here is a list of the most common losses and expenses that are claimed on the death of a loved one:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Care and assistance that would have been provided by the deceased loved one
- The return home of the deceased if they died abroad
- Pain and suffering caused prior to death
- Loss of benefits such as pension rights
- Childcare costs
Am I eligible for any benefits after the death of a spouse?
You may indeed be eligible for benefits. For more information please see our guide here.
Can counselling be arranged?
Counselling can be arranged on a private basis and helps many people who find themselves left behind. Whilst bereavement counselling can be provided on the NHS, the waiting lists are often lengthy. If your relative received help from a hospice then you can often receive counselling faster.
What is an inquest?
If your family member has died unexpectedly than the death will be reported to a coroner who may then decide to hold an inquest. An inquest is a public hearing. The purpose of an inquest is to find out why a person has died. At Oliver & Co we have many years of experience representing our clients’ interests at an inquest. We also have a dual practicing doctor and solicitor as part of our armoury.
What happens at an inquest?
Many family members are asked to attend an inquest. Many want to attend in order to get answers to some very difficult questions and to help the grieving process. If you require assistance in representing your interests at an inquest then we will assist you and liaise with the coroner’s office. We will also liaise with any other necessary parties such as the police to obtain relevant documentation before the inquest takes place.
How do I claim fatal accident compensation?
Firstly, we would not recommend that you attempt to recover damages without using a solicitor. At Oliver & Co solicitors we have years of experience dealing with these complex cases. We are happy to come and visit you at home to discuss how the claims process will work and how we will deal with your case. Importantly, our cases are run on a no win no fee basis.
How much could my claim be worth?
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