We have solicitors specialising in Fatal Accident Claims. These claims are often complex and can cause emotional suffering and financial hardship.
Am I entitled to compensation?
Dependents of the deceased are entitled to claim and this can include husbands, wives and children the statutory sum recoverable is a fixed amount of £11,800. If the claim is on behalf of both parents of a child the amount is divided equally between them. Parents of a child over 18, children of a deceased parent, parents of a stillborn infant and other relatives are not entitled to recover damages for bereavement no matter how closely associated with the deceased.
A person who is financially dependent upon (or dependent upon the services of) the deceased may be entitled to recover damages for the loss of that dependancy. A wider category of persons than the class of relatives who are entitled to claim for bereavement damages are entitled to recover damages for their loss of dependancy, including the costs they have incurred of any funeral expenses. In all cases it is necessary to prove that there was a reasonable expectation of financial benefit from the deceased.
Those falling within the category of dependents are:
- A husband or wife or former husband or wife of the deceased
- A civil partner or former civil partner of the deceased
- A person who was living with the deceased as husband or wife for a least 2 years prior to the death
- Parents or other dependants of the deceased
- A person who was treated by the deceased as his/her parent
- A child or other dependent of the deceased
- A person who in the case of a 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 or cousin of the deceased.
How we can help
Peasegoods have specialist solicitors experienced in handling claims from most forms of Fatal Accident.