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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

    Seeking a claim for a fatal injury

    It is devastating when a loved one dies. What can make it harder is if they died of a fatal injury that could have been prevented. While nothing can bring a family member back it is possible to get some compensation to help bring any responsible people to justice as well as covering funeral arrangements and other costs. If you are seeking a claim for a fatal injury the Accident Advice Helpline can help.

    Why you may want to make a claim for a fatal injury

    It is unlikely that compensation will be the first thing you think of after someone close to you dies. Unfortunately it is a practical issue that needs to be considered especially if they were the main breadwinner.

    This then means the family has to decide how they are going to raise money and how to care for children while looking for work.

    In this instance, compensation for lost earnings means that it can be easier for people to go to work and look after their children. Another good reason is that if the death was caused due to unsafe working practices it is possible to raise awareness of the risk of accidents, illnesses and diseases in the workplace – asbestos being one of the more high-profile threats in recent years. This may potentially prevent another family going through a similar tragedy.

    Unacceptable levels of risk

    It is crucial that companies understand that there is a difference between acceptable and unacceptable levels of risk. If someone goes out to work at an oil rig and they are injured during a heavy storm then this is not the fault of a company.

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    If however, the climbing equipment was faulty and the company knew it, and didn’t repair or replace it, then they are at fault and need to accept that this was a mistake that could have been avoided.

    The wrong treatment

    It is also possible to make a claim if a fatal injury occurs because of a misdiagnosis or a medical professional fails to do their job properly, for example not giving medication when they are supposed to or giving someone the wrong kind of medication. You may also be able to claim if it can be proven that any miscommunication causes delays that ultimately lead to an injury becoming fatal.

    Why contact Accident Advice Helpline

    After the trauma of losing a loved one, the thought of going through a drawn-out compensation claim is probably not high on the list of people’s priorities.

    However, Accident Advice Helpline has received praise for its customer service and the feedback from reviews has shown that we can deal with difficult situations carefully and sensitively.

    The helpline is available 24 hours a day and there is no obligation to pursue a claim so if you just want to talk about the situation and whether or not a claim is possible, we are there to offer and advice and help you make the right decision for you and your family.

    Date Published: October 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    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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