Fatal accident compensation will never make up for the wrongful death of a loved one, but it can help to ensure your financial security, and that in turn can help you come to terms with what happened.
If a loved one or partner has been killed in an accident at work, on the roads or due to any form of medical negligence, where another party has been even partially to blame, you should speak with a specialised personal injury claims solicitor about your entitlement to claim fatal accident compensation.
Making a claim for fatal accident compensation is naturally not your first thought after the loss of a loved one. However, when that loved one was the family bread-winner, the mother of small children who need full-time care or a son or daughter who was supporting elderly parents, the resulting stress and worry may lead to a claim for fatal accident compensation out of financial necessity.
The potential legal issues surrounding a fatal accident compensation claim can be complex and demanding, with negligent parties not always willing to admit their lack of care or responsibility for causing the accident. And it is not unusual for insurance companies to dispute amounts awarded in fatal accident compensation, adding more unwanted anxiety, stress and worry to an already distressing situation.
You are invited to call our free advice service. This service will allow you to speak with an experienced solicitor, discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved ones fatal accident and establish whether you have a claim for fatal accident compensation that you wish to pursue.
There is no obligation for using this service which we man 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If you cannot call now please leave your name and number by filling in the form on the left and we will call you back at a more convenient time.
Who Can Make a Claim for Fatal Accident Compensation?
The law defines which dependants of the deceased are entitled to make a claim for fatal accident compensation. Claimants have to fall into one of the following categories:-
- Wife/husband or former wife/husband
- Co-habitees, living together for at least two years
- Parent, step-parent, guardian or grandparent
- Child or grandchild
- A person treated as a child
- Brother, sister, uncle or aunt
- Child of brother, sister, uncle or aunt
Fatal accident compensation is divided into two areas. The first looks at compensation for the pain and distress suffered by the deceased and also any financial loss between the date of injury and the date of death, together with any funeral expenses that were incurred by the claimant.
The other area is that of any dependents of the deceased. The dependents part of fatal accident compensation takes into account the loss of the deceased’s financial support and future earnings. There is also a sum payable to the spouse of the deceased or to the parents of a deceased child for their bereavement.
How to Make a Claim for Fatal Accident Compensation
Making a claim for fatal accident compensation is always best done with the support and assistance of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor. Although the compensation process after a fatal accident at work or on the roads closely matches that of a non-fatal personal injury claim for compensation, you need to ensure that any award for fatal accident compensation is sufficient to replace the income previously generated by the deceased and compensates you fairly for your loss.
At a time when you will still be overcome with grief at the loss of a loved one, handing over responsibility for the completion and submission of the necessary paperwork to somebody who is more familiar with such matters is a sensible option.
Furthermore, a specialised personal injury claims solicitor will be able to negotiate for you with any insurance company that makes an inappropriate approach to you with the offer of an early fatal accident compensation settlement.
Claims for fatal accident compensation in the event of a work or traffic related accident will initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland. But if your loved one has died as a result of medical negligence, compensation has to be pursued through the court system. In this case, it is necessary for you to use the services of a solicitor, and, in your own best interests, to contract the services of one familiar with claims for fatal accident compensation.
Fatal Accident Compensation Solicitors
One of the key benefits of using a specialised personal injury claims solicitor when making a claim for fatal accident compensation is that they will be accustomed to the grief that surrounds such a tragic event and the consequences that the loss will have on a family. So not only will they be understanding and sympathetic to your situation, but also fully conversant with the processes required to ensure that you receive a fair and adequate award of fatal accident compensation.
If you would like to find out more about how a specialised personal injury claims solicitor can be of assistance after a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, please call our free advice service. This service will allow you to speak with an experienced solicitor, discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved ones fatal accident and establish whether you have a claim for fatal accident compensation that you wish to pursue.
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