The death of a loved one in a fatal accident or through medical negligence is probably one of the most difficult experiences that will ever be faced in life.
If the death was as a result of someone else’s negligence then it may be the case that you can bring a civil claim against the negligent party.
Whilst this will not bring back your loved one it will assist at a time when the financial situation may well have changed significantly.
Who can claim?
The law allows for dependants of the deceased to bring a civil claim for losses (or compensation) as a result of the fatal accident.
A dependant can be;
- A husband, wife, ex husband or ex wife of the deceased
- A partner whom lived with the deceased as man and wife for a period of at least two years prior to the death
- A parent or ascendant of the deceased
- A child or other descendant of the deceased
- A civil partner or former civil partner of the deceased
- Any person (not being a child of the deceased) who, in the case of any marriage to which the deceased was at any time a party, was treated by the deceased as a child of the family in relation to that marriage
- A person who is a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew of cousin of the deceased
What can be claimed for?
Following the death of a loved one a number of losses can be claimed, they include;
- The pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of income, including loss of future income
- Funeral expenses
- Probate fees
- Compensation to pay for the services previously undertaken by the deceased, such as DIY, childcare and housework, both past and future
Statutory Bereavement Award
This is a sum of money paid to you if the deceased was either your husband or wife, or your child who at the time of their death was under the age of 18.
The award is a fixed sum of £12,800.00 and changes periodically following review by the Government.
Our Specialist Serious Injury Lawyers have provided assistance to many families who have lost a loved one and during what is a traumatic time for the family, act with sensitivity and compassion.
In addition they can also provide advice on state benefits, bereavement awards and assist with your loved one’s estate.
Please contact our Specialist Lawyers on Freephone 0800 988 1549.