Fatal Injury Compensation
It is devastating to lose a loved one in an accident. As well as the heartbreak of losing a partner or a family member, you can often have the added burden of financial worry that comes with it. We know that you have bills to pay and you will be worried about keeping up with rent or mortgage and covering funeral costs. We will ask the fault insurer to make interim payments as quickly as possible so that you have one less thing to worry about. We know that money cannot replace somebody dear to you that you have lost, but we will do all that we can to make sure that you are financially secure.
If you and your family were dependent on the income earned by the person who died, we will put forward a claim to recover the loss of financial support.
As well as a claim for financial dependency, you may be able to bring a separate claim on behalf of the person who died (which is known as “the victims claim”. They may have had financial losses from the date of the accident to the date that they died, and they may also be entitled to claim for the pain and suffering that they have been through before they died.
As well as a claim for financial dependency and a claim on behalf of the person who has died for any losses they might have suffered, you may also be entitled to a statutory award for bereavement. Usually, this figure is around the £12,000 mark, so it is a small amount compared to the trauma of losing a loved one, but it can help offset some of the financial losses and is added on to the compensation for other parts of your claim which are likely to be more substantial.