Making a fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent
When someone close to you dies, the effects can be devastating, but when that person dies through someone else’s negligence, the effect is 10 fold, because their death was unnecessary. Whether it is through negligence, or an accident that was someone else’s fault, the family of the deceased may be entitled to make a fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent.
Which family members can make a fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent?
UK law says that anyone who was dependent on the deceased can make a fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent, and this includes:
- Husband or ex husband
- Wife or ex wife
- Civil partner or former civil partner
- Someone who had been living with the deceased, as husband or wife, for at least two years
- Parents of the deceased
- A child or children that lived in the same house and the deceased treated as their own
- Bothers and sisters
- Uncles and aunts
- Nephews and nieces
What can the family claim for?
Firstly they will be paid Statutory Bereavement damages. This can only be paid once, it is a set amount laid down by parliament, and if more than one person proves their dependency, that one amount will be split equally between them.
Other than that, there is an endless list of things, just some of them are:
- The pain and suffering of the deceased, if they were aware of any pain before they died
- The loss of income from the deceased, including projected future earnings
- The funeral costs
- Probate costs to finalise the estate
- The costs of any jobs the deceased would have done for the family, such as housework, gardening, decorating, and childcare
- Any other costs that arise because of the accident or negligence that caused the death
Where can the family get help?
At such a time, the bereaved family need help to deal with all the complications of a fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent. They should not have the stress of having to deal with whoever is on the other end of the claim. They should not have to worry about what needs doing next. At a time like this when they are all grieving it is unfair to expect this of them. But UK law says they should be compensated, that the guilty party should be accountable for their actions.
Accident Advice Helpline will help them. The first person they will speak to would be one of our advisors who they can contact on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500. You can also call them from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 The advisors are highly trained, and the family will find that they are friendly and compassionate, but still professional. They will talk the family through all the necessary process of the claim, give them all the information they need and then let them decide if they want to proceed with the fatal accident claim in Stoke-on-Trent. There will be no pressure at all put on the family, it will be entirely their decision.
If they decide they want to carry on, the case would be passed to one of our solicitors, who are all experts in the field of personal injury claims; it’s what they specialise in. They will deal with the claim as quickly and efficiently as possible, taking the stress away from the family.
Date Published: 30th September 2013
Author: David Brown