At some point in our life we all have to face losing a loved one, whether this is through illness or old age. This is usually very upsetting for those left behind, but even worse is losing someone in an accident that was not their own fault. Knowing the death was unnecessary can be soul destroying, and something from which the family members of the victim never fully recover.
If the actions of someone else mean that someone close to you is killed in an accident that was not their fault, you may want to consider making a fatal injury claim, and our Llandudno law firm can help you with this.
The dependants who can make a claim with our Llandudno law firm
UK law says that anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased can make a personal injury claim. If more than one person proves their dependency, the statutory bereavement payment would be split equally between them, as it can only be awarded once. The relatives who can claim may include:
- A spouse or ex-spouse, whether married or not;
- A parent;
- A child, or someone the deceased treated as their own child;
- Brothers and sisters;
- Uncles and aunts; and
- Nephews, nieces and cousins.
Whoever among these can show that they were dependent on the deceased should contact our Llandudno law firm for help with a fatal injury claim.
How a fatal injury claim is calculated
A fatal injury claim can be made up of several items, such as:
- Loss of income for the future, which would be a lower figure for an older person on the assumption that they had fewer years left to work;
- The costs of other things the deceased would have done, such as DIY, cleaning or childcare;
- The pain and suffering of the deceased if they were aware of pain before they died;
- Funeral expenses;
- Probate costs; and
- Any other cost or loss associated with the accident and death.
Giving help to the bereaved family
At Accident Advice Helpline, we realise what a difficult time this is for the bereaved family, and will treat them with the respect and compassion they deserve. In the 15 years since we were established, we have handled numerous fatal injury claims among the many thousands of personal injury claims with which we have successfully dealt.
The family need have no worries about paying for the claim, as they will not be asked for any cash to start the work or if the claim is lost. We operate on a no win no fee basis, so making a personal injury claim is available to everyone regardless of financial position.
When you call our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, you will find friendly and compassionate advisors. They will speak to you in confidence, give you free advice, and let you decide if you wish to proceed with the claim. Or, you can try our 30-second test, which will give you some indication of the amount you may receive if successful.
Date Published: 15th July 2014