If you have lost a loved one because of a fatal accident that was not their fault, this can be a very distressing time for you. Losing someone you love always is, but when you realise their death was unnecessary, and if someone had took more care it might not have happened, the anger and resentment can be soul destroying. Contact an injury lawyer in Thame to see if you are entitled to compensation by making a fatal injury claim for your loss.
We know that no amount of money will turn back the clock and bring them back, but there are too many families in the UK that are suffering because they have lost a loved one in an accident for which they were not to blame. Going through this can be a terrible experience for the family of the deceased, and when they are over the initial shock, they should consider making a fatal injury claim with the help of lawyer in Thame, as at the very least it can give them some financial stability.
The different causes of a fatality and using an injury lawyer in Thame
There are many ways that a fatality can occur, here are some examples:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
You should be entitled to make a fatal injury claim, using an injury lawyer in Thame from Accident Advice Helpline, if your loved one was not at fault for the accident in which they died.
The three year rule for fatal accidents in the UK
There is a 3 year rule for a fatal accident in the UK, as there are for most accidents. Although there are some exceptions to that rule, for example:
- If the victim does not die immediately but survives for a length of time up to three years after the accident, then the period for claiming is three years from the date of death, not the accident.
- If the victim survived more than three years but knew their injuries were life threatening, and did not commence a claim, then the family are out of date for compensation after the death.
- If the accident caused a mental disability the time period does not commence until they are no longer mentally disabled.
- 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 family have three years from the date of death to claim.
The two-year rule for fatal accidents in the UK
There is a 2 year rule for some accidents, they are:
- Criminal injury compensation claims, fatal or not, that are made to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority have a two year time limit
- If the accident that caused the death was on a ship or plane, the time period is typically two years.
Making a fatal injury claim
At Accident Advice Helpline you will find friendly and compassionate advisors ready to assist you all they can. You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, or you can complete our online compensation claim form if you wish.
Date Published: 11th July 2014