It’s a sad fact of life that fatal accidents do happen, leaving friends and family members devastated. But if a fatal accident is someone else’s fault, the deceased’s family may be able to make a fatal injury compensation claim.
There are many ways in which somebody could be killed at home or at work, including:
- Accident at work
- Road traffic accident
- Contracting an illness or disease at work or in hospital which leads to death
At work, it is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from harm, taking appropriate health and safety measures and providing you with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if needed. If an employer fails to do this and this directly leads to a fatal accident, the family of the deceased could make a claim for compensation.
Claiming for fatal injury compensation
Fatal injury compensation claims are normally divided into two parts:
- Part one provides compensation for pain and suffering caused up to the date of death. For example, if someone is injured in an industrial accident, this part of the compensation could cover expenses incurred for medical treatment, or provide assistance with funeral costs.
- Part two looks at the dependants of anyone who has died due to negligence. Compensation will be awarded based on the deceased’s contributions to the family earnings, and this usually also includes a statutory sum for bereavement, which is paid to the husband or wife of the deceased or to parents who have lost a child. Any dependant is entitled to seek compensation for loss of financial support, whether you have lost a parent, partner or grandparent who supported you financially.
Most claims for fatal injury compensation can be settled out of court, and Accident Advice Helpline are able to deal with most claims in full over the phone, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
How we can help
Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so you can call for a chat in confidence at any time of day or night, with no obligation to proceed. We’ll normally be able to tell you if you have a viable claim within 30 seconds, and before you ring you can use our 30-second test online to work out how much compensation you may be entitled to. Our patron is Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, and we pride ourselves on the high level of service we offer to all our customers. Our 100% no win, no fee* service means you’ll keep more of what is rightfully yours, so get the ball rolling on your fatal injury compensation claim by calling us today.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown