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Fatal Accidents

There can be nothing more devastating than the unexpected death of a loved one following an accident, commonly caused by accidents at work and road traffic accidents, including pedal bike cyclists, motorbikes and pedestrians.

In trying to deal with such terrible news, the bereaved often feel unable to take the correct action and deal with pursuing a claim.  A grieving party is usually unaware of what they can claim and worry about their future financial stability.  At SC Law, we have highly experienced personal injury lawyers specialising in claims following a fatal accident.  We are sensitive to the requirements of a grieving party and take away the stress of making a claim at this difficult time.  We ensure the case is dealt with compassionately and represent you through the whole process.  Where appropriate, we will also represent your family at any Inquest Hearing.  We regularly negotiate awards that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Making a fatal accidents claim is very different to a normal personal injury claim.  Only a few law firms have the expertise to deliver the service and results needed by those who have suffered the unexpected death of a loved one, caused by a fatal accident.  Our lawyers know that a fatal accident will have a great impact on the family because it is so traumatic and will change your family life forever. 

On average in 2010 there were 1,857 fatalities due to road accidents reported to the police and approximately 171 victims killed at work. 

At SC Law, our personal injury lawyers understand the devastating effect a fatal accident can have on all aspects of the grieving family’s life.  For some families, the death of a loved one may mean an end to regular income for eligible dependents.  At SC Law we help secure the future financial security of the dependents. 

Our expert lawyers will:

  • investigate the circumstances of the accident and cause of death as quickly as possible
  • provide the family with help and support to guide you through the problems you are faced with immediately following the death of your loved one
  • work closely with you and your family and carry out home visits if required
  • represent the family at any inquest hearing, where applicable
  • obtain interim payments where appropriate

The value of compensation following a fatal accident can reach between several hundred thousand to a multi-million pound settlement.  It is important that every aspect of the claim is properly investigated and valued to help the dependants gain financial security.  As a bereaved relative, depending on the relationship with the deceased, we will advise what you and any other potential dependents may be entitled to claim.  In many cases compensation is essential for the family to carry on after the death.

We will investigate your entitlement and these generally include the following:

  • Bereavement award
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial dependency such as loss of earnings, pension or savings
  • Service dependency claims such as loss of a carer or mother
  • Other related losses

A compensation claim for a fatal accident will require significant work to be carried out by a lawyer.  Therefore, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice from a lawyer who specialises in fatal accident claims.

Losses and Expenses

Where appropriate we can claim for financial costs you have incurred as a result of your injury, such as loss of earnings, travelling, medication costs, rehabilitation, aids and equipment and assistance with housework or gardening. This may include future expenses where you are unable to return to work as a result of your injury, or have to return to a lesser paid job, which may include reduced benefits such as loss of pension or rehabilitation, aids and equipment and assistance with home help.

 

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Areas covered - Personal Injury, Family, Employment and Wills.

Why Choose Us

  • 100% success rate
  • Our solicitors have never lost a case at trial
  • Tailor-made service for serious injury claims
  • High success rates in complex liability claims
  • Post-settlement advice to protect your award
  • Qualified lawyer dealing with your case
  • Specialists in catastrophic injury claims, including amputations, brain and spinal injuries
  • Proven excellent negotiators who have secured substantial awards