If you loose someone in a fatal accident then this can be a very stressful and traumatic experience. But if you find out that their death was not their own fault, it was because of someone else’s negligence, then this can be soul destroying.
Nothing can be as bad as the loss, but what the family does not need is other worries on top of their grief, such things as financial problems.
If the death was because of someone else’s negligence, they may be able to make a fatal injury claim, which would at least give them financial stability and do away with one of the problems. They should contact a claims solicitor in Arundel at Accident Advice Helpline for help with this claim.
A claims solicitor in Arundel discusses the three-year rule
In the majority of cases there is three years from the date of the accident to make your personal injury compensation claim. However, in a fatal injury claim there are some exceptions to how the three-year rule is applied.
- The family cannot make a claim if the victim lived more than three years after the accident, but knew the injuries were life threatening. The claim should have been made by the victim under the normal three-year rule.
- If the accident caused a mental disability the time period does not commence until they are no longer mentally disabled, and therefore might create a longer period for the family to claim.
- In the cases of industrial illness or disease the victim might not have been aware of the problem being connected to a particular employment until many years later. The victim has three years from the date of diagnosis or the family has three years from the date of death if this is less than three years after finding out about the illness.
A claims solicitor in Arundel discusses the two year rule
There are two main areas where the normal claim period is two years, not three.
- If the accident that caused the death was on a ship or plane, the time period is typically two years, but it does depend on how the accident happened and the exact description of the vessel involved.
- Criminal injury compensation claims – fatal or not – that are made to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority have a two year time limit.
At Accident Advice Helpline you will find friendly and compassionate advisers ready to assist you all they can. You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or call from a mobile on our lower rate line 0333 500 0993, or you can complete our online compensation claim form if you wish. However you decide to make contact with us, we will make sure you have as little stress as possible with your claim, at this already very difficult time.
Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: David Brown