Compensation claims for fatal injuries

Losing a loved one in a sudden or unexpected way can feel like your whole world has been turned upside down. Not only are you dealing with the emotional pain, but you also have to face practical and financial challenges, especially if there are investigations into what happened.

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Understanding fatal injury

A fatal injury refers to an injury or trauma that unfortunately leads to someone’s death. This can result from a traumatic incident like a car accident or workplace incident. The aftermath of a fatal injury profoundly affects not only the victim but also their family and friends. Coping with the sudden loss of a loved one due to a fatal injury is an emotionally challenging experience. 

If you think that your loved one’s death may be linked to someone else’s negligence, a fatal injury claim will help you get answers. 

We are here to support people in making this decision. We’ll listen to what happened and talk you through possible next steps. If you decide to pursue a claim we will do our best to make the process as easy as possible and of course support you every step of the way.

You might find yourself wanting answers right away. Questions like how and why this happened can consume your thoughts. These incidents can occur in various situations:

  • On the road, whether it involves cars, pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists.
  • At work, due to accidents with machinery, falls, or exposure to harmful substances.
  • In accidents involving animals like horses.
  • Due to illnesses caused by poor work conditions, such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
  • As a result of criminal acts.
  • Due to mistakes or negligence by medical professionals.

During this difficult time, it’s essential to reach out for support from friends, family, or professionals who can help you navigate through the grief and the practical matters that need attention.

After a fatal incident, there might be a lot of official investigations and even a criminal trial if the police suspect criminal wrongdoing. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) might also look into it, and there could be investigations by a coroner and an inquest.

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Your rights and eligibility

If the circumstances that led to your loved ones death can be caused by someone else’s actions or negligence we can help you make a civil claim. A successful claim will help you recover funds to help you and any dependents your loved one had to deal with any financial stressors you and they may now be facing as the result of it. No amount of money can bring your loved one back but it can help you stop worrying about finances whilst you are grieving. 

That can include when a loved one dies due to:

  • an accident at work
  • industrial disease
  • traumatic injury that was caused by violence
  • a road crash where someone else was to blame
  • a medical mistake such as the misdiagnosis of an illness or delays in treatment changing the final prognosis
  • catching an infection after medical treatment

How can compensation help?

We understand that no amount of money can compensate for your loss. However, making a claim can help you to get answers about exactly what happened to your loved one.

Making a claim can be a way of getting an apology and assurances that the same thing won’t happen to someone else. Many people find comfort in knowing that the investigation into their loved one’s death led to improvements that could prevent another family from suffering in the same way.

A sudden bereavement has many ramifications and some of them are financial – as your loved one may have been the main source of income in your family. Obtaining compensation can replace that lost income and give you financial security.

Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a fatal injury lawyer

Our solicitors are experienced in supporting families who have lost someone due to a fatal accident, whether that be at work, on the roads or because of medical negligence. We deal with fatal injury claims arising from many different circumstances such as hospital deaths, failure to diagnose or treat previously curable conditions, road accidents or accidents at work.

With us, you’ll get an expert in your corner who can offer you the help and support you need  at such a difficult time.  We will do all we can to manage your claim in a sympathetic and supportive way.

Please contact us for a friendly, informal initial chat to see if we can support you.

Client stories

Charities we work with

Losing a loved one is a really traumatic experience. We have a network of charities we can turn to to seek support for our clients and anyone that we feel can benefit from their expertise in supporting bereaved children and adults

RoadPeace is a charity supporting the relatives of victims of road crime. The run support groups on the ground, offer bereavement peer support and campaign for the reduction of road death.

Penhaligon’s Friends are a charity that supports bereaved children and families across Cornwall. They offer practical resources to help cope with loss, and offer training to childcare professionals.

The Coroner’s Courts Support Service is a voluntary service which offers emotional support and practical help to bereaved families and others who have to attend a Coroner’s Inquest.

Abigail’s Footsteps, Daddys with Angels, Teddy’s Wish, Maypole and SLOW all provide a lifeline to families that have suffered the loss of a baby.

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Speak to one of our team for a free, confidential discussion and find out if we can help you. 

Fatal injury compensation FAQ’s

That depends on many things. The law on fatal injury claims is complicated and many things need to be considered. What you can claim often depends on things like how old the person who died was, if they had children, the family relationships, and how much people relied on them financially. Our lawyers will explain everything and tell you what compensation you might be entitled to after a fatal accident.

Claims can be brought by:

  • Husbands and wives (to include divorced spouses and annulled marriages)
  • Partners who had cohabited for at least 2 years at the time of the incident
  • Civil partner or formal civil partner of the deceased
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Step children
  • Parents or those who were treated by the deceased as a parent
  • Grandparents

You have 3 years to make a claim from when your loved one died or from the time you found out that their cause of death may have been caused by someone else or their negligence. There are exceptions to that rule. The main ones are:

  • If you lack capacity and are making a claim through a litigation friend
  • If you are under the age of 18 then you have until your 21st birthday to make a claim
  • If your loved one died abroad as the time limit varies between different countries

It is difficult to tell without knowing the specifics of what happened. In general if the injury suffered by your loved one was avoidable then you can still make a compensation claim.

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