Fatal accidents claims

When someone dies in an accident, compensation provides financial support for those left behind. We'll help you get answers, and practical support.

Vanessa Thompson, Cambridge
Vanessa Thompson, medical negligence specialist in Cambridge

Fatal accidents - making a claim

Can I make a claim?

If you've lost somebody because of an accident, we can support you through the legal process that comes afterwards. We'll guide you through everything clearly and sympathetically, and we can take care of all the details.

We can help you put together a claim for compensation if the accident was even partly somebody else’s fault. We can also help you if the coroner has called an inquest because the details surrounding the death were unusual or unclear. We’ll represent you at the public hearing and make sure that all the right questions are asked.

Whatever your situation, we’ll take care of every aspect – and we’ll make sure you get the best result for you, your family and the person you've lost.

What will happen?

The law specifically states that you can claim for compensation if somebody else caused the fatal accident. All claims are made on behalf of dependants, which can include:

  • A wife or husband or former wife or husband
  • A civil partner or former civil partner
  • Anybody living with the person who died as husband or wife or civil partner for at least two years before the accident
  • Any parent or child of the person who died
  • Any brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin

What you can claim

If the person who died was your husband, wife, or child under 18, you’re entitled to a statutory bereavement award. This is currently fixed at £12,980 and is paid on top of any compensation. Beyond that, the compensation you can claim might include:

  • The pain and suffering of the person who died
  • Loss of income to the family
  • Childcare costs and household expenses
  • Counselling services

How we can help you

If you want to start a claim, or just find out what your options are - talk to us. Tees is recognised as a regional top-tier medical negligence firm in the Legal 500, and we're also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Our friendly, empathetic team have the experience and legal expertise to get the best possible result for you.

No two fatal accidents are the same. Whatever your relationship to person who died, and no matter what you are claiming for, we adjust to your circumstances and build our service around your needs.

We're here to listen

Everything we do and suggest is geared towards getting a result that works for you. It goes without saying that we're with you every step of the way. We'll listen to you, explain your options in plain language and act in your best interests.

Call our Personal Injury solicitors on 0800 0131165

Call us for a free initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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