Although nothing could ever compensate for the accidental death of a loved one, UK law states that loved ones can claim for monetary compensation to help them deal with the financial fallout of their bereavement. This is the case whether a person has died in an accident that was someone else’s fault or due to clinical negligence.
Types of bereavement compensation
There are two different types of bereavement compensation claims. The first involves making a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate, which means a claim that is designed to cover funeral costs when the executor of the deceased’s estate is not a spouse, partner, or child that was supported by the deceased. Claiming on behalf of the estate can also include a sum to cover vehicle repair if a motor accident was involved and also for the ‘general damages’ of pain and suffering.
Statutory bereavement award
The second type of bereavement compensation is claimed on behalf of the deceased’s dependants. It is designed to support them in the absence of their loved one and can include a statutory bereavement award of £11,800, a sum for financial support and a sum for services that are required in the absence of the deceased (for example, if the surviving spouse is disabled and now requires a cleaner to look after their home).
The sum awarded for financial support differs in each case. It involves taking into account the deceased’s salary, how much money they were likely to have spent on the home and family and how long they would likely have lived if it weren’t for the accident.
Making a claim for compensation after the death of a loved one
If you would like to find out more about making a claim for compensation on behalf of a deceased relative, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our advisors have a great deal of experience in dealing with the subtleties of each individual situation. They’ll be able to explain the claims procedure and tell you how much compensation you are likely to receive.Open Claim Calculator
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