Compensation for a fatal accident by our solicitor in Minchinhampton
You may be aware that you can make a claim for compensation after a fatal accident; however, you may often have wondered how this actually works.
We spoke to our solicitor in Minchinhampton and asked them to provide us with a list of FAQs to help provide you with all the information you may need to make a claim for compensation.
How can you make a claim for a fatal accident?
If you are a dependent of the deceased then you may be able to make a claim for compensation following the death.
Who is regarded as being a dependent?
Legally you are regarded as being a dependent if:
- You are the husband, wife or civil partner of the individual who has died.
- You were co–habiting partners. In order to qualify under this portion of the legal requirement you will have to demonstrate to your solicitor in Minchinhampton that you lived with the deceased for two years prior to the date of death, and that during this time you were living as husband and wife, or civil partners.
- Parents (or other ascendants including grandparents).
- Children and other dependents (for example adoptive children and/or stepchildren).
- Sibling or aunt/uncle.
If you would like a full and legal definition of “dependent” in this particular scenario then you can find out more from the Fatal Accident Act of 1976. Alternatively contact the Accident Advice Helpline and speak to their advisors who will be able to provide you with free advice regarding the incident you are seeking to claim for.
How much compensation can you get?
The amount of compensation you are likely to be awarded with the help of a solicitor in Minchinhampton will vary depending on the circumstances and the nature of the accident.
Your solicitor in Minchinhampton will be able to discuss everything in more detail with you, or alternatively you can take our 30 second test to find out more information.
What is the compensation for?
Generally speaking compensation as a result of a fatal accident is designed to cover two main aspects:
- A one off payment designed to compensate for the loss of income caused as a result of the death of a family member.
- The cost of the funeral. This will vary depending on how much was spent for the funeral, and what is regarded as being a “reasonable” amount to have spent on a funeral.
How to make a claim
If you would like to make a claim for compensation the first thing you should do is contact Accident Advice Helpline and have an initial conversation with one of our advisors. The advice they will be free of charge, and you will be under absolutely no obligation to progress with a claim should you feel for whatever reason it is not what you want to do at this time.
Date Published: 6th May 2014
Author: David Brown