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Fatal Accident Compensation Claim
If a loved one has died because of another person’s negligent behaviour or an accident that could have been avoided, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. We cannot begin to imagine how you must feel after the loss of your loved one, but at JMW, our team has worked with people who have lost a loved one in an accident before, and understand both the devastating emotional impact it has, and the uncertainty you may be facing now. We can help you to combat the financial difficulties you may now be facing, if another party was to blame for your loss, and secure your quality of life.
Every year many people lose loved ones in fatal car accidents, accidents at work or as a result of a medical accident. Of course this has an exceptional emotional impact on everyone involved, but the financial impact of losing a breadwinner or other member of a family is often forgotten in the wake of dealing with the emotional fallout such tragedy brings. For more information on how we can support you during this difficult time, please visit our support services.
Under the terms of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, dependents are eligible to make accident claims. A dependent is someone who relies upon the victim for financial or emotional support, help around the house, general day-to-day tasks or any other necessity.
‘Dependent’ is a broadly defined term and can refer to:
- Spouses/civil partners - former partners can also be included in this
- Those who have been cohabiting with the victim for at least two years
The easiest way to find out if you qualify as a dependent is to contact a solicitor at JMW for some advice.
Losing a loved one is distressing under any circumstances, but it can be particularly hard to deal with the loss the fatal accident was due to someone else’s negligence. JMW Solicitors deals with fatal accidents that have occurred as a result of a number of different circumstances, such as road traffic incidents and medical errors.
We have also dealt with a great number of fatal accident claims that have occurred in the workplace; from negligent health and safety procedures, to asbestos-related deaths, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Each incident requires a bespoke approach from the relevant specialist and we are able to offer years of expertise in both asbestos-related fatality claims and claims that have arisen due to an employer’s neglect of regulatory procedures that protect worker safety.
If the deceased was either your husband or wife, or a child under the age of 18, you are entitled to a fixed sum award of £12,980. This can be used to pay for funeral arrangements or can go towards payments for the household.
Your lawyer will advise you how this is best secured and will assist you in obtaining this sum.
We have a great deal of experience in helping families claim compensation for the death of a loved one. Our expert team includes personal injury lawyers with experience in serious injury cases and medical negligence specialists who regularly deal with claims for victims of clinical errors.
Our experience on complex cases is extensive and we will use this to secure you the best compensation possible. If you are unsure about whether the loss of your loved one can be attributed to a third party’s negligence, we can help you find out and take the action you need to secure the compensation you deserve.