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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is there a time limit for family members to make a fatal accident claims?


    When it comes to fatal accident claims, it’s important to know your rights. The aftermath of a fatal accident is a devastating, confusing and tragic time. Knowing that help is at hand can represent a drop of reassurance in an ocean of sadness.

    How to start fatal accident claims

    Family members of someone killed in a fatal road traffic accident, or an incident at work can start the claims process by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors can ease the burden on you and your family and help you claim the compensation you deserve.

    Whilst financial compensation pales into insignificance when compared with the loss of a loved one, it can bring a little comfort.

    In terms of time limits on fatal accident claims, it depends on the nature of the accident. In the case of industrial illnesses, it’s likely that the claimant will have started compensation proceedings before succumbing to their illness.

    If this is the case, the usual three-year time limit is reset to the date of death.

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    If it’s accident on the road or at work that leads to a fatality, then it’s best to start the claims process as soon possible. There will, of course, be considerable time needed tor grieving, but the sooner you start, the sooner it will be over.

    Successful fatal accident claims are usually dependent on two factors –

    1. The accident that caused the fatality needs to demonstrably be the fault of someone else or caused by negligence. For example, reckless driving by another motorist, or employers failing to ensure their staff have sufficient Personal Protective Equipment to keep them safe.
    2. The cause of death. A medical professional needs to confirm that the injuries or impact of the accident is what caused the fatality.

    Claiming compensation for a fatal accident

    The total amount of compensation awarded in fatal accident claims depends on a number of things. The number of the deceased’s dependants, loss of future earnings and nature of the accident will all be considered.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. With over 16 years’ experience in processing personal injury claims, we have the experience and compassion to help you win the compensation you deserve.

    Our expert advisors are standing by at the end of our helpline. There’s no obligation to continue with a claim so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today.

    Date Published: March 9, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.