No amount of compensation can ever replace the death of a loved one. Statutory fixed damages are meant to represent compensation for the ‘value’ of a loved one and despite steps to make these claims more fair, the law still makes no award if death was ‘instantaneous’. Assessment of a fatal accident award can be very complicated which is why you should always instruct a specialist firm such as Shoosmiths.
It's entirely understandable if making a fatal accident claim is the last thing on your mind following the accidental death of a loved one. However, giving a compensation claim some thought may become a necessity if a child is left without a parent or you are left without your spouse or partner, especially if they were the main breadwinner in the family.
Our expertise in fatal accident claims
Our experts can help you make a fatal accident claim which we'll conduct with professional efficiency and a lot of sensitivity and sympathy. We can take some of the worries off your shoulders and help to make what must be a dark time a little more bearable.
There are restrictions on who can claim compensation in the cases of accidental death. You may be able to get a £2,000 Bereavement Payment from the government if your husband, wife or civil partner has died as a one-off, tax-free, lump-sum.
Our expert advice and assistance isn't just limited to compensation awards and purely financial matters. We can provide guidance to help you get through the various legal stages following a fatal accident as well as information and representation at inquest (if there is one).
A successful claim will require us to show that the fatal accident occurred as a result of a third party's negligence. Our team of specialists will guide you through the process and procedures and give you all the support you need at such an emotionally challenging time.