In the old days, if you had an accident that was not your own fault and you died as a result, then there would be no compensation for your loved ones to survive on. They would just have to try to get on with their lives and probably support their children alone.
They would not have been able to use the solicitors in Higham at Accident Advice Helpline to help them to make a fatal injury claim.
Thankfully, today you can make an injury compensation claim, if a loved one has died in an accident that was not their fault, or for any other injury for that matter, that someone else caused.
Making a fatal injury claim and using the solicitors in Higham
Unfortunately a death can occur in lots of different ways, and the effects on the family will be heartbreaking and painful. Especially if the death was unnecessary and was because someone was reckless or careless.
Some of the more common accidents that can occur where a death can happen, for example are:
- A mistake by someone in the medical profession can have dire consequences
- A violent crime
- A car crash which could injure the driver, passengers or pedestrians
- A motorbike which could include inures to the pillion rider as well
- Accidents at work
- Industrial diseases such as asbestos exposure
- A slip, trip or fall accident in the right conditions can prove fatal
If the accident was through no fault of the person who has died, then you are likely to need to use the solicitors in Higham to make a fatal injury claim.
The “three year rule” and solicitors in Higham
With the majority of injury compensation claims, there is usually a three-year deadline to be able to make your claim. However, with a fatal injury claim there are some exceptions to how the three-year rule is applied.
- If the injuries sustained mean that 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 accident caused a mental disability the time period does not commence until they are no longer mentally disabled, and therefore might create a longer period in which to claim.
- 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.
- If the victims eventually died from the injuries but more than three years later, a claim should have been made while the victim was still alive and the family would not now be able to claim compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline you will find friendly and compassionate advisers ready to assist you all they can.
You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or you can complete our online compensation claim form if you wish.
Date Published: 7th April 2014
Author: David Brown