The fatal accident and inquest solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler understand how devastating it is to hear that a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, particularly when the accident was caused by the negligent behaviour of another road user, an employer or a medical professional.
We have years of experience dealing with tragic fatal accidents, and offer our clients specialist, friendly legal advice and guidance throughout the course of both compensation claims and fatal accident Coroner’s inquests. Call us ANYTIME for a free initial consultation on 0800 954 9935 or complete our contact form and we will get in touch.
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Fatal Accident Compensation Claims
When a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident or died from an industrial disease, we realise that claiming financial compensation is probably the last thing on your mind. However, many people who lose their partners also face the loss of financial security and household services, thus the grieving process is exacerbated by worrying about the future.
If an accident is caused by another person's negligence, dependants are entitled to claim compensation helping to replace the loss of income and pay for household services. As a dependant you are also entitled to claim for the pain and suffering of bereavement and any medical fees and bills incurred during any period prior to death.
Our expert solicitors are on hand to offer you sympathetic legal support, providing you with all the advice you require to make an informed decision regarding any future compensation claims.
Who is Eligible to Claim?
Dependants of the victims of fatal accidents are eligible to claim compensation, providing a third party was at least partially to blame for the incident. Under UK law dependants include:
- civil partners;
- parents and certain other relatives;
- partners who have been co-habiting for two years or more;
The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows dependants to claim for loss of financial support, loss of benefits such as pensions, bereavement compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased and their family (certain dependants only), funeral expenses and loss of help with domestic tasks such as childcare.
Fatal Accident Inquests
If the fatal accident in question was violent, sudden or unexplained, the state may decide to launch an inquest. If this happens the team at Lanyon Bowdler will provide you with all the legal advice and support you require, contacting all relevant authorities on your behalf, from HM Coroner to an NHS Trust, and attending the inquest on your behalf if you do not wish to be present.
A state inquest is intended to establish the circumstances leading up to the fatal accident and a cause of death for the victim. Whilst the inquest proceedings may provide answers to many of your questions about why the accident occurred, it will not assign blame to any individual, company or public body.
Contact Lanyon Bowdler
If you would like to find out more about the process of claiming compensation following a fatal accident, or if you are concerned about an upcoming inquest, contact the experienced fatal accident solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler ANYTIME on 0800 954 9935 or complete our contact form and arrange for a free initial consultation.