The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one due to an accident is one of the most traumatic events imaginable. The trauma is likely to be compounded if the accident could have been avoided and was caused due to somebody else’s fault.
Although no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, claiming compensation to which you may be entitled can help ease your financial burden and take care of pressing financial commitments.
The law governing Fatal Accident Claims is set out in the Fatal Accident Act 1976, which provides that certain classes of dependant can claim compensation. Dependants may include, depending on circumstances, a spouse or ex-spouse, someone who had been co-habiting with the person who has died as husband or wife or as a civil partner, blood children and other descendants including adopted children and children through marriage or civil partnership, parents, grandparents, great grandparents and those who had been treated as a parents, as well as brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. Generally, however, the entitled person or persons will be those considered by the law to be the next of kin.
The amount which can be claimed can vary quite widely depending on circumstances, and may come under one or more of a number of categories. However, If you were financially dependent on the person who has died you may have a substantial claim based on the extent of your dependency alone.
There is also the potential in Fatal Accident claims for a spouse or the parents of a child who has died to recover an additional Statutory Award for Bereavement, which is currently £12,980.
As with other types of accident claim under English law, it is necessary to show that someone else was at least partially at fault in order to claim compensation.
Our experienced team of lawyers will be happy to offer you expert advice on the Fatal Accident claims process and representation in any claim you choose to bring.
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