Fatal injury claims can arise out of injuries which occur during the course of work such as on construction sites or for example, in a road traffic accident or as a result of clinical negligence. Due to the severity of the injuries, the subsequent legal process surrounding the incident can be complex.
When a fatal accident occurs in the UK, a Coroner will generally become involved. The death occurred in an unnatural way, the The Coroner will investigate how the death occurred to decide whether it was an accidental death or otherwise.
The Coroner’s involvement is to open an enquiry into how and when a person came to die so that this can be formalised on a Death Certificate in order that a person’s Estate may be dealt with and a burial can take place. We are able to provide representation in most cases at an Inquest.
There are two types of claims that can be made for Fatal Injury Compensation. The first is on behalf of the deceased’s Estate, which will include funeral expenses, financial losses that the deceased had incurred from the date of the accident to the date of death and a claim for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity experienced by the deceased between the date of the accident and the date of death. The second aspect of the claim is brought on behalf of the dependents of the deceased.
The Fatal Injury claims are generally brought in the name of the Executor or the Administrator of the Estate. We are able to assist with obtaining a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. The Fatal Injury compensation claim for the loss of the dependents includes a bereavement payment presently fixed at of £12,980.00, loss of financial dependency if you and other members of the family were financially dependent on the deceased and loss of support/services if your loved one undertook tasks for you or other members of the family.
Our Fatal Injury Claim Lawyers will to assist in all aspects of dealing with any claim, probate and will be able to guide you in ensuring that you have access to counselling services, assistance with funds/funeral costs and will pursue a fatal injury claim for you.
If you think you may have fatal Injury claims then contact one our fatal injury claim lawyers to find out if we can assist you.