If a loved one being involved in a fatal accident has affected you then you will probably be finding things very hard. When a loved one is lost in an accident there can be an immense amount of grief felt by the family members and this can be made worse by financial pressures. An accident solicitor in North Muskham Newark could help you to claim compensation for your accident.
It is fair to say that losing a loved one in a fatal accident can be a very emotional trauma to experience. Getting compensation for the victim can help to ease some of the financial pressure that you will be facing due to the loss of your loved one. An accident in North Muskham Newark or another legal firm will be able to assist you when it comes to getting the compensation. There are two main parts that make up the compensation that can be claimed for the victim and these are the victims claim and also the dependents claim. There is a third element to this type of compensation and this is the statutory award for bereavement.
Victims claim for compensation
If the victim has experienced distress of emotional pain prior to death then a claim can be made for the compensation for the victim. Compensation will also be awarded for the loss of money such as wages between the time of the injury and the time that the victim actually died. It is uncommon for this element of compensation to be paid if the victim did not suffer between the accident and the time of death.
Compensation for dependents
If the victim had dependents they will be able to get compensation and this can help with the loss of financial support. The family members that are able to make this type of claim include:
- Parent or guardian
- Brothers or sisters
- Uncle or aunt
- Child of sister, brother, uncle or aunt
- Former wife or husband
- Wife or husband
- Cohabiters who are living as a married couple for a minimum of two years.
Statutory award for the bereaved
In addition to the other two elements for this type of compensation there is also the statutory award that covers any additional damages after a fatal accident. In a successful compensation claim for a fatal accident the negligent party will need to pay this money to the bereaved person even if there is no claim for a pre-death injury and there was no loss of income or dependents.
How to make a claim for compensation – an accident solicitor in North Muskham Newark or Accident Advice Helpline
If a family member has been fatally injured in an accident that was not their fault then you would be entitled to the compensation. To process a claim you will need the help of a personal injury solicitor. This could be a local accident solicitor in North Muskham Newark or a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline are a specialist personal injury firm and will deal with these cases on a no win no fee basis. For more information, give them a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 9th December 2013
Author: David Brown