How much is a fatal accident claim worth?
If a family member has just died, compensation may be the last thing on your mind. But if someone else caused their death, you should seek the compensation you will need. Find out more with our 30-second claims calculator or call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
Will I have to pay to claim for fatal accident compensation?
We understand that when you have just lost a loved one, you don't want to think about money or compensation. Unfortunately, funeral costs and loss of income mean that you may have to, and sooner than you'd really want. To make things a little easier, we offer No Win No Fee compensation claims for 98% of our customers. So you won't have to pay Claims Direct any money up front, and we will only get a fee when we win you rightful compensation.
Will I have to go to court for a fatal accident compensation claim?
If your family member died in an accident that was someone else's fault, it's most likely that compensation payments would be sorted out between your lawyers and the other party's insurers. Court cases can happen when fault is in doubt, but this is quite rare. In the case of fatal accidents, Claims Direct also seek ‘interim payments' before the full claim is agreed, to help stop families suffering from financial hardship at such a difficult time.
Who can claim for a fatal accident?
Obviously the victim of a fatal accident can't claim, so the law allows close relatives to claim compensation for their loss and distress, as well as for the loss of income that a fatal accident can lead to. People who can make a claim include:
- Husband, wife, or civil partner: even if they have split up from the deceased
- Cohabiting partner: as long as they lived together for at least two years
- Parents, grandparents and great grandparents
- Children: including nieces, nephews, grandchildren and adopted children
- Brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles
These claims must be made within three years of the date of death though, so it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer as soon as you feel able to, in order to start your accidental death claim.
What can I claim for when someone has died?
While the loss of a loved one is emotionally difficult, there are a lot of practical things to think about after someone has died in an accident that wasn't their fault. After all, they weren't just someone you loved, they did a lot for you too. That's why the things you may be able to claim for include:
- Losses for dependency: replaces lost income, including future pension income
- Pain and suffering: if the deceased suffered before they died
- Actual losses: including funeral costs and your loss of earnings
- Loss of services: covering the cost of things like childcare and DIY that the deceased used to do
Even where you didn't depend on the deceased for income, a spouse, or the parent of a minor, is entitled to claim a Statutory Award for Bereavement of £12,980.
Who's to blame for this accidental death?
Sadly, there are many ways that people can die from accidental deaths. While many of them involve car and motorbike accidents, they can also be due to workplace accidents, industrial diseases and even slips, trips and falls. The main causes include:
- Car accidents: where another road user has caused a fatal accident
- Workplace accidents: where health and safety rules haven't been followed
- Slips, trips and falls: when fatal injuries have resulted
In many of these cases, someone else was at fault for the accident that led to your loved one's death. If this has happened to a family member or someone you depended on financially, talk to us about making a No Win No Fee compensation claim today. 0800 175 7900.