Speak to us on 0114 266 6660
Send us an Email Enquiry
Wake Smith Twitter
Wake Smith Linked In
Wake Smith Facebook

Fatal Accident Claims

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 Awards 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.

Personal Injury Team

Terry Regan
Director & Head of Medical Negligence

Scott Haslam

Our Clients Say

Please click on any of the links below to see our client’s testimonials.

Mrs Frances A Pepperdine
Mr Lee Booth
Jack Frain
Mr L from Manchester

"I found Mr David Brown very approachable. He dealt with my claim very thoroughly and left no stone unturned. I cannot praise him enough and would highly recommend his services".

Mrs Frances A Pepperdine

Useful Info

Click on the links to the right for more useful information:

News & Events

We constantly post the latest news on the legal sector covering a wide range of topical issues and subjects

These articles provide useful and updated information on different sectors of the legal industry. 

Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter. Please register your details below to receive the latest legal news and developments.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

We will not share your details with any third party organisations.

Contact Us

Get expert legal advice from one of Sheffield’s most respected law firms, Wake Smith Solicitors.

Our team of friendly, professional solicitors in Sheffield can provide support and advice in a wide range of areas for you and your business. Call our Sheffield Solicitors on 0114 266 6660 or fill out the simple form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

For all media enquiries, please contact Abby Worsnip or Billy Greenhalgh at www.agentpr.co.uk.

Important – Please read our privacy notice for more information on how we use your data.

* Indicates required field

First Name:*
Practice Area:*
Brief description of your enquiry:*

Please enter your first name.

Please enter your surname.

Please enter your address.

Please enter your contact telephone number.

Please enter your e-mail address.

Please enter a valid e-mail address.

Please enter what method you wish to be contacted via.

Please select what practice area you are interested in.

Please enter your enquiry.

Please check the box to confirm you are not a robot.

The form has been successfully submited. Thank you for your enquiry.


We're Here...

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sheffield Head Office - City Centre
No1 Velocity
2 Tenter Street
S1 4BY
Tel: 0114 266 6660
Fax: 0114 267 1253
Click here to find us on Google Maps »

DX: 10534 Sheffield 1


Car park

There is a large public carpark operated by NCP underneath our office building, the entrance to which is located on Solly St.

Disabled Facilities

If you have any special requirements relating to accessibility or disabled facilities please contact John Liversidge on 0114 224 2075 or at john.liversidge@wake-smith.com