Sadly, the number of people suffering a fatal injury while at work in the UK remains at a constant level.
Figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for 2011-2012 show that 173 workers were killed. Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector for deaths at work, followed by the construction industry.
The 2011/12 figure is just two less than the previous year and is on a long term downward trend. But every single one of these deaths at work represents a member of someone’s family.
Personal injury claims after death
If you are part of a family left behind when a loved one has been fatally injured at work, compensation is probably not at the forefront of your mind while you are grieving. But personal injury claims after death are designed to help you cope financially if a family member is fatally injured in a workplace accident.
You will also be able to make personal injury claims after death if a family member is killed in other accident situations which were not their fault, such as a car accident where someone else was to blame.
Accident Advice Helpline has teams of specialist solicitors who are experts in dealing with sensitive and upsetting cases like this. We are a law firm that has been established for 16 years, so we have a strong track record in helping people to win the compensation they deserve after an accident.
Personal injury compensation is designed to pay for goods and services you may need because of the accident. For example:
- If a family’s main breadwinner is killed in an accident, compensation can help to pay the family’s bills.
- If a mother, who did not work but looked after her young children, dies as a result of a car crash, her husband could claim compensation to pay childcare costs.
Personal injury claims after death can be an upsetting subject for family members to talk about. But our advice line is manned by friendly advisors who will listen to the details of your case in confidence and offer you advice on how to proceed. If you decide you do not want to go ahead with a claim, there is absolutely no obligation to do so.
There is generally a window of three years in which you can make a claim for compensation following a personal injury accident, which gives you time to come to terms with the death of a loved one. In addition, if someone has died as a result of an industrial disease, the timescale is extended because it is often just about impossible to say exactly when the disease started.