Jordans Solicitors Expert Support and Legal Advice on Fatal Accident Claims
Losing a loved one in an accident is an incredibly traumatic and distressing experience. Jordans Solicitors has a team of highly experienced specialist lawyers who can support you and your family if you have lost a loved one in an accident, in making a claim for compensation.
We will handle your claim with the highest levels of professionalism, sensitivity and understanding, working towards a settlement that secures the future for you and your family.
We understand no amount of money will ever replace your lost loved one but our aim is to ensure it helps to improve the quality of life of those left behind. Our service extends, where necessary to dealing with the Inquest, which will likely follow a fatal accident. We will liaise with the Coroners Office, the investigating Police Officers and obtain advanced disclosure of documents where possible.
Should attendance at that hearing be necessary questions will be put to witnesses on your behalf to establish the accident circumstances.
Our aim is to work with you through the complex procedure which governs this area of law and ensure all aspects of the possible claim are covered.
What can you claim?
Jordans’ Fatal Accident Claims Team have advised and supported claims from parents, grandparents, husbands and wives, co-habitees and children of victims who have tragically lost their lives in accidents that were not their fault, such as:
Fatal Accidents at Work
Fatal Road Traffic Accidents
There are limitations on what can be claimed and who can make that claim which can be broken down simply as follows:
1. Fatal Accident Claims on behalf of your loved one’s estate for losses suffered including funeral expenses and damage to any property e.g. the car, motorbike, cycle etc. This can also include a claim for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your loved one may have suffered as a result of the accident, before they passed away.
2. Fatal Accident Claims by Dependants. If you were financially dependent on your loved one, claims for lost future income or pension will be made on your behalf. Loss of your loved ones support following his or her death will include claims for such things as contribution to the family earnings, DIY, childcare, housework and gardening and can offer a substantial sum as it is to reflect the whole of your loved ones lost potential.
3. Bereavement compensation. This compensation is a fixed sum set by law. It has been increased but is still considered by many to be very low. The figure applicable to deaths on or after the 1st April 2013 is £12,980 but only the wife or husband of the person who died or parents of a child under 18 can make this claim. It is unfortunate and outdated that a common law husband or wife of the deceased still remains unable to claim. We are hopeful, following a recent County Court decision, that the law will be changed to reflect more modern family circumstances however, there is currently no timeframe for this change.
Our Commitment to You and Your Family
Our Accident and Personal Injury Team is headed by Christine Sands, Partner and Head of Personal Injury. Her team of specialist personal lawyers are committed to excellence and achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.
To see how Jordans Solicitors can help you if you have been affected by injury or illness, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back.