Injury claim in Willenhall
The loss of a family member as a result of a fatal accident can be completely overwhelming. The immense grief and shock you are going through can make it difficult to take into account the additional financial concerns you could be facing. However, apart from the huge emotional trauma of losing a loved one, one of the main issues following the death of a family member is often an increased financial strain.
If the fatal accident happened due to the wrongful act or negligence of another party, making a fatal accident claim for compensation can help to prevent future financial problems, which can be fundamental if the victim was the main earner of the family.
There are different parts to the claim which can all be handled by someone else so that you can go through the ordeal with the minimum amount of stress and worry. If the victim suffered physical or emotional pain or distress prior to their death, then this can be included within your compensation payout. Compensation can also be granted for the victim’s financial loss between the time of the injury and their death.
If a family member has been dependant on the victim for financial support, they can make a claim for the loss of that continuing support, as long as the accident was the result of the wrongful act or negligence of someone else.
The family members who can make a claim include a child or person treated as a child, grandchild, parent or guardian, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or child of brother, sister, aunt or uncle, husband, wife, former husband or wife, and cohabitors living as husband or wife for at least two years.
As well as the victim’s claim and the dependents’ claim, there is an additional damages payment following a fatal accident: the statutory award for bereavement. In a successful fatal accident claim, this sum is payable by the negligent party to a bereaved person following the death of a partner, spouse or child under 18, even if the deceased had no claim for pre-death injury and there was no loss of income or benefits for dependants.
Recommended by Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline offer maximum compensation and a helpful 24/7 helpline (0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993) staffed by friendly advisors, who will not just keep you hanging on. If we can’t answer your query about your injury claim in Willenhall straight away, then we will call you back.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown