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Fatal Accident Compensation Claims

When fatalities occur, our compassionate team are here.

Fatal injuries

Thousands of people make successful fatal injury claims every year

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is an extremely traumatic experience. Our compassionate team of solicitors understand the difficulties you will face and can help you claim compensation for your losses.

We will find out the cause of your loved one’s accident and who was at fault.  In addition to coping with the grief of losing a loved one, you may also have concerns about the financial impact.  We can help you recover compensation and assist your family in getting through this difficult period. 

We offer a free consultation with legal advice and will be able to handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. We will endeavour to remove any added stress by dealing with your claim in a diligent and compassionate manner.

Financial support for grieving families

In England and Wales a statutory bereavement award is a fixed amount of compensation (currently £15,120.00) which is given to certain relatives of a person who has died because of somebody else’s mistake.  This award could provide your family with financial support and could be used to help over expenses in relation to funeral expenses, loss of earnings, and the return home of your loved one’s body if they were abroad when they died.

The bereavement award can only be claimed by the husband or wife, civil partner, or parent if their child was under 18.  In addition to the bereavement award there are two kinds of benefit you may be eligible for after the death of a spouse:

  • widowed parent’s allowance if you are bringing up children
  • a bereavement allowance if you are between 45 and state pension age

Additional support

After the death of a loved one, it is likely you will need practical help and assistance in dealing with:

  • the police and their investigations
  • Inquest and Coroner’s investigations
  • Wills and probate
  • Benefits agencies

We will provide you with assistance in relation to the above.

Our team of solicitors have experience in dealing with the Coroner’s Office, the department which investigates unusual or violent deaths.  We can arrange for representation at both criminal proceedings or an inquest, as you will appreciate that such attendance can be unnerving. 

How much compensation can I claim?

We will assess how much compensation you will obtain.  This will depend on a number of matters including:

  • pain and suffering your loved one or family member experienced
  • funeral costs
  • loss of income and any loss of pension
  • medical expenses

Each case has different but we will ensure that all potential heads of compensation are recovered on your behalf.

Making a fatal accident claim

Our solicitors have helped families whose loved ones have died as a result of accidents or developing a work-related disease.
 
If a family member has died as a result of somebody else’s mistakes, we can help you recover compensation for their death and also help you access bereavement support.  We have assisted many bereaved families over the years and will treat your case with dignity and empathy. 

Time limits for making a fatal injury claim

You have three years to make a fatal injury claim and the time limit usually starts from the date of the injury or accident.  In some cases, the time limit can start from when you realised injuries from an accident caused the death of your loved one or family member. 

Why choose Edwards Duthie Shamash

Our fatal injury solicitors have years of experience in helping families to pursue fatal injury claims and deal with the loss of a loved one.  Your claim will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis.

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