Fatal Accidents

 

The devastation a fatal accident has on loved ones is impossible for us to describe. At such a time, most family members struggle to cope with thoughts of their future. But after the funeral and initial period of mourning, often thoughts must turn towards claiming compensation to due to financial necessity.

Family members who are seeking compensation need to feel they can rely on the sensitivity and confidentiality of a caring, compassionate team of experienced solicitors.  At Bond Turner, this is exactly what we provide.

We are a niche, multi-disciplinary practice, specialising in large and complex claims.  Our team includes 18 Grade A solicitors, some of which have over 25 years’ experience in serious injury and fatal accident compensation claims.  We understand the grief and confusion you are currently working through.  With our in-depth knowledge of the fatal accident claims process, you, we can provide you with clarity and the ability to take control of your financial future.

Can I make a claim under the Fatal Accident Act 1976?

Following a fatal accident, claims can be brought either on behalf of the deceased’s estate or by the deceased’s dependents.  Damages that can be claimed include compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity, and any financial losses incurred by the deceased prior to death because of the accident, and funeral expenses.

Under the Fatal Accident Act 1976, dependents can claim for the loss of financial support and for the loss of the deceased’s domestic support, e.g. DIY, household activities, and gardening etc., as well as the costs of childcare if the deceased has left dependent children. Close relatives, including the deceased’s spouse, civil partner or parents of a child under the age of 18, can also claim a statutory bereavement award. In 2017, the Court of Appeal in Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust1 ruled cohabitees also had a right to claim under the Fatal Accident Act 1976.

Why choose Bond Turner?

Making a compensation claim following the death of a loved one takes considerable courage.  Because our solicitors have dealt with many similar cases in the past, we know what you are going through and will work quickly and professionally to ensure your claim is progressed efficiently, taking care of any problems on your behalf.  Our focus is to secure compensation for you and, if applicable, your children, so your financial security is one less thing you have to worry about.

To make an appointment with one of our SRA regulated solicitors regarding a claim for a fatal accident, please call 0151 236 3737 or email info@bondturner.com.

1 [2017] EWCA Civ 1916