Fatal accident claims are always sad no matter how or why the accident happened.
We cannot bring a loved one back but we will listen to what you say and we will try to help lessen the burden that falls upon those that are left behind.
At the outset we can never tell if a fatal accident claim will be simple or complicated, so it is best to contact us early on as early preparation can help tremendously.
There will be a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate. This might include a claim for pain and suffering, but often it is limited to the costs incurred due to their death – funeral expenses and so on.
There may be dependents who are entitled to make a claim. A limited number of people can claim a bereavement award of £12,980, though this is cold comfort. More important is the loss of the money that the deceased would have contributed to their loved ones. That and the loss of the help or services they would have provided around the house.
It is important to appreciate that money in no way compensates for losing someone. What it does is make it slightly easier for those who are left behind to live a life with less financial struggle.
Inquests quite often play their part and we can also assist with these if it is needed. An inquest’s function is to explore how a person came to die, not to point the finger or lay blame anywhere, but the evidence gathered in during this process can help in the main claim.
An inquest and a claim can to an extent serve the same purpose. Often the documents or evidence that is gathered for an inquest does not go far enough, and with our experience we can help the Coroner obtain other evidence that will inform their final verdict.
We have found in the past that helping people through the inquest process means they understand what has happened better, and in turn that helps the grieving process.