Losing a loved one is devastating experience for any family. And if their death was somebody else’s fault, because of an accident at work or on the road, medical negligence or a criminal act it can be even harder to come to terms with. But in such cases, compensation is your legal right and can bring a sense of justice, which can help you start putting your life back together.
Claiming compensation for fatal workplace accidents
Claiming compensation is probably the last thing on your mind when you are coping with bereavement. When your loved one has died suddenly and unexpectedly, the strain of dealing with the formalities such as the inquest, funeral and will, as well as everyday arrangements like childcare can be quite overwhelming. But the loss of a family member can also lead to financial hardship and other worries, especially if they were the main breadwinner or a mother caring for young children. Whilst a financial settlement can never fully compensate you for your loss, it can help ease the financial burden if you are left without your spouse or partner.
It is therefore worth giving serious thought to making a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading advice and compensation providers, and we have access to a nationwide panel of specialist solicitors who have considerable experience of dealing with claims for fatal accidents including road traffic accidents, accidents on holiday and accidents at work.
What are the rules on compensation for fatal workplace accidents?
Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, the law provides for a fixed bereavement payment to the husband, wife or civil partner of the deceased. Either parent is entitled to claim a bereavement payment for a deceased child who was an unmarried minor.
In addition, dependants can claim a sum which takes into account the income of the deceased and the number of dependants relying on that income. A number of close relations can be classed as dependants in the eyes of the law including husband, wife, civil partner, cohabiting partner (for a minimum continuous period of two years prior to death), parents, children, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles.
A compensation settlement will also cover reasonable funeral costs.
The fatality must normally have happened within the last three years in order for you to have a valid claim for compensation, and there must be evidence that somebody else was at fault due to their negligence. Your specialist solicitor will work with the police to establish this.
Speak to our fatal workplace accidents specialists
Contact Accident Advice Helpline for a free, no-obligation initial discussion. Our highly trained advisors will talk through your case with you in detail to establish whether you might be eligible for compensation. We understand that this will probably be a difficult process for you, but we will support you throughout the entire process and promise to handle your claim with the utmost sensitivity.
You can call our helpline on 0800 699 0500 via a landline or 0333 500 0993 on your mobile to talk to one of our expert team.