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Fatal accident claims

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Thankfully, fatal accidents are rare in the UK and the rate of fatal injury is now the lowest in Europe. However, construction, manufacturing and agriculture continue to produce more fatal accidents than other UK industries. 

Finding out what went wrong at work and why a fatal injury happened are almost always the first questions asked by the family of the deceased. Coming to terms with the sudden loss of a loved one is an enormous challenge and there may not be a clear explanation from the employer as to the exact circumstances of the accident. In some instances, a denial of responsibility can add to the harm and stress of a grieving family, who are also likely to have to attend an Inquest to determine how the death occurred.

No amount of compensation can replace the loss of a family member and there can often be an enormous emotional hurdle to overcome before even taking the decision to seek legal advice.

Who can make a claim?

A compensation claim for a fatal accident at work can be made against the deceased’s employers by any of the following dependants:

  • Wife or civil partner
  • A person who has lived or cohabited with the deceased for two continuous years
  • Parent, child, brother, sister, of the deceased.

The claims process will require you to prove that the accident was caused by another party’s negligence

What the claim can include

The value of the claim will include compensation for the dependants’ loss of dependency upon the deceased.  This includes:

  • the value of their services to the home
  • their salary both past and future
  • pension provision beyond retirement.

Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, a bereavement award of a fixed sum is also made to the dependants of the deceased.

In addition, awards of compensation under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions Act) 1934, include:

  • Compensation for pain and suffering caused to the deceased pre-death
  • Actual financial losses including travel & medical expenses, funeral expenses, and the costs of nursing care.

Financial assistance can be vital for the widow and dependants immediately following a fatal accident.

How we can help

  • In-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation
  • Expert guidance to help you make a successful claim
  • help you with medical treatment, rehabilitation and your return to work
  • Ensure care and support services are available for the most serious injuries
  • Advise you on how to claim for DWP benefits to help you along the way
  • Skilfully manage your compensation claim to include:
    • Payment for the pain and suffering caused by your injury
    • Any financial losses you’ve incurred already, such as lost wages, travel and medical expenses
    • Any expenses you may need in the future.

Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way

  • No win, no fee – guaranteed
  • Specialist team of personal injury solicitors
  • A wealth of knowledge and expertise
  • Advice, support and guidance throughout your claim
  • Over 30 years of experience in personal injury compensation

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat with one of expert personal injury solicitors, call us now on 01515505228 (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams.   A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton.  Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team.  Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

  • There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be difference in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximim compensation you deserve.

    Director of Personal Injury,
    Alison Saul

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation.  Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad.  Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat about making a claim with one of our expert personal injury solicitors, call us now on 0808 231 5461 (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Personal injury – 10 simple steps to achieving your compensation

Here are the 10 easy steps to help you on your way to a personal injury claim today.

Step 1 - Obtaining a full description of your accident

We need to understand as much as possible about your accident – how it happened and why, your injuries, what happened immediately afterwards, and how the accident has affected your life.

Step 2 - Obtaining your medical records

We will ask your GP and hospital for your full medical records so that we can establish the extent of your injuries, the treatment you received, and how long it will take you to recover.

Step 3 - Contacting the company responsible for your accident

Once we have decided who is responsible for your accident, we will inform them that you intend to claim compensation and send them the details you have provided.  We will let you know their response and, if they dispute the case, we will ask you to provide your comments on their response. 

Step 4 - Arranging your medical assessment

We will arrange for an independent clinician to evaluate the extent of your injuries and whether they will affect your ability to work in the short or long term.

Step 5 - Collating details of your financial loss

In addition to compensation for your injuries, you can claim for another other expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident, including lost earnings, expenses travelling to medical appointments, and the cost of care and help with everyday tasks.  

Step 6 - Providing you with our valuation of your losses

Once we have received all your medical reports, we can provide a valuation for y our injuries and associated losses.  We will send this to you along with your medical report. You then need to complete and sign the medical slip and schedule of losses and return them to us.

Step 7 - Sending your valuation to the other party's insurer

Once we have received your signed medical slip and schedule of losses, we send these to the defendant’s insurer and ask for their best offer to settle the case.

Step 8 - Negotiating the maximum settlement possible

We work hard to achieve the maximum possible settlement for your case, which can take some time to negotiate. So we text and email you to keep you up to date with our progress.

Step 9 - Issuing Court proceedings

If the defendant’s insurer refuses to make a realistic offer, then we issue Court proceedings for a hearing.  It is very unlikely that you need to attend this hearing, so there’s no need to worry about it. 

Step 10 - Sending you your compensation payment

Once we receive your compensation payment from the defendant’s insurer, we let you know.  Most important of all, we send you your compensation payment straight away!

How long does a claim take?

Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get medical records and assessments, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.