We appreciate that if you have suffered the distress of losing a loved one in a fatal accident, then money will never adequately compensate you for your loss. However, we hope that the experience and skills of our Inquest Solicitors can help you handle some of the practical consequences of bereavement.
The Law allows the surviving dependents of someone who was involved in a fatal accident that was caused by someone else's fault (wholly or partially) to make a claim for fatal injury compensation for:-
- Pain or distress suffered by the deceased before their death as a result of the fatal accident
- Financial losses arising from the fatal accident - for example loss of financial support, medical expenses, loss of earnings and funeral expenses
The right to claim for a fatal accident applies to:-
- Spouses, civil partners, and partners who have been co-habiting for over two years
- Children and parents of victims who were under 18 years old
This applies to all types of fatal accident:-
Dependents of the victim of a fatal accident can claim compensation for fatal injuries from all types of accident caused (wholly or partially) by the fault of a third party - including for example a road traffic accident, industrial accident, accidents at work, clinical negligence or train crashes.
An Inquest is an inquiry into the cause and the circumstances which led to the fatal accident, where it was sudden, violent or the cause of death is unknown. It is an investigation but is not about allocating blame:-
- An Inquest is run by the Coroner
- The Coroner will examine the evidence (including medical evidence and records) and may question witnesses
- The Coroner has powers to take steps to prevent similar fatal accident
- Family members can attend and be represented at the inquest as an interested party
How can we help?
We have specialist Inquest Solicitors with experience of the procedure for asking the questions that the surviving family needs to have answered, and to obtaining information at the inquest that can assist their claim for Fatal Accident Compensation.