Fatal car accident
A fatal car accident is a traumatic and difficult time and compensation for a fatal car accident can be crucial in offering financial stability for children and partners.
Having been through a catastrophic event, some people feel nervous about making a fatal car accident compensation claim. But constructing an accident claim is right and undeniably, important. Claims help to diminish the economic strain that comes from the loss of a spouse or partner who added to the household purse, giving you one less thing to worry about whilst you adjust to your new state.
Fatal car accident claims aren’t simply about money
Frequently, the most critical aspect of fatal accident claims is getting to the facts, discovering what has happened and why. If it’s appropriate you can take steps to take action against the culprit. Whilst compensation is important, in a fatal car accident claim, a sense of justice is likely to be as, or further, important. Even if the deceased was not the principal breadwinner there will be financial consequences for the family and of course, if they were the main, or sole, breadwinners the impact of that can be momentous. In the UK, when dealing with claims, the courts look very closely at what this economic impact will be and award a fatal accident payment that is balanced against the financial penalties of your loss. This may comprise loss of earnings, a upcoming pension, state benefits and other areas of income that have been affected.
Can you make a claim?
There are limitations on who can make a fatal car accident compensation claim on behalf of the deceased. Take our quick 30-second test to see if you can make a claim.
- A fatal accident claim can be made by close family members who were in some way dependant on the deceased prior to and at the time of death.
- The law is unambiguous about authorised relationships these include: a spouse, civil partner (including those where the marriage or partnership has been annulled or dissolved).
- A person that had been co habiting with the deceased.
- Children and stepchildren.
- Parents of the deceased.
- In some cases, where the deceased would have been entitled to make a claim themselves at the time of death, an accident claim can be made,
As with all claims for compensation it is essential to collect as much witness information as possible in order that you can take the necessary steps to making a successful claim for compensation. The last thing you need at a time of such deep stress is have any more weight on your shoulders and we are here to take you through those difficult first steps to ensure the financial security of your loved ones and yourself after a fatal car accident. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for further details on how to make a claim on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 13th March 2013
Category: Fatal accident claims