Fatal Accidents

We understand and appreciate just how difficult it is to comprehend and cope with losing a loved one. As personal injury solicitors, we also understand the impact and strain that it can have for you and your family beyond the immediate impact. How a loss in the family can impact you financially for example: particularly if they were the breadwinner for the family.

Fatal Accidents: The Law

There have been a number of legal changes to help claiming compensation for fatal injuries in the UK. These changes have made it easier for families to get the compensation they deserve after the death of a loved one.

One of the most significant changes is the introduction of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. This Act allows the dependents of a person who has died as a result of someone else’s negligence to claim compensation for their loss. The dependents include the deceased’s spouse, children, parents, and siblings.

The Act also allows the dependents to claim for their own pain and suffering, as well as for the financial loss they have suffered as a result of the death. This includes the cost of funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of the deceased’s care and support.

Another important change is the introduction of the Pre-Action Protocol for Fatal Accident Claims. This protocol sets out a clear process for families to follow when making a claim for compensation. The protocol helps to ensure that claims are dealt with fairly and efficiently.

The protocol also requires the defendant to provide the claimant with certain information, such as the defendant’s insurers details and the name of their legal representative. This information can be helpful for the claimant in understanding their legal rights and options.

The introduction of these changes has made it easier for families to get the compensation they deserve after the death of a loved one. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Here are some additional details about the legal changes to help claiming compensation for fatal injuries in the UK:

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 was introduced in response to the public outcry over the case of the Thalidomide children. The Thalidomide children were born with severe birth defects as a result of their mothers taking the drug Thalidomide during pregnancy. The Act made it easier for the families of the Thalidomide children to claim compensation for their losses.

The Pre-Action Protocol for Fatal Accident Claims was introduced in 2005. The protocol was designed to improve the efficiency and fairness of the claims process. The protocol sets out a clear timetable for the exchange of information between the parties and provides for early mediation.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and can fight for the compensation you deserve.


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Frequently asked questions

Personal injury compensation can help ensure that you have what you need to plan for the future and put you back in a situation that is as similar as possible to before the incident.

Compensation is calculated to cover a number of factors including:

  • the severity and impact of the injury
  • loss of earnings
  • costs of treatment
  • costs of equipment needed for day-to-day living
  • required aftercare or continuous care
  • house adjustments (such as ramps, modified rooms)
  • costs of re-training if a career change is unavoidable

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are putting yourself in the best possible position both financially and in terms of finding the correct support going forward by enquiring about claiming personal injury compensation.

Our expert personal injury solicitors and experienced personal injury claim team will be able to breakdown what to expect from a claim and how it is calculated to ensure that any compensation you successfully claim puts you in the best position for now and for you and your family’s future.

There are three ways you can start your claim with Claim Today:

  1. Use our quick and easy online form – we’ll ask you about the incident and your injuries and let you know if you could have a claim; or
  2. Call our team on 0800 29 800 29 and we’ll guide you through the steps to see if you have a claim; or
  3. Use one of our live chat functions on this website, or on Facebook Messenger.

By contacting Claim Today, we will let you know whether you have a personal injury claim and give you the information you need to start a claim.

Should you claim with Claim Today, we will pass on your matter to one of our experienced and specialist personal injury solicitors to carry out your matter in a courteous and efficient manner.

As part of our commitment to keeping claims simple, we make personal injury claims on a no win no fee basis, removing the financial risk of making a claim. You will not need to pay your legal costs should your claim be unsuccessful, meaning that you can claim with no need to worry about the finances involved.

Our claim handlers will inform you whether you qualify for a no win no fee agreement and how much you would pay should your personal injury claim be successful (known as a success fee). This will never more than 25% including the price of after-the-event insurance, and is typically less than this.

Serious injuries are best identified by how long they’ve needed treatment for, if you are unable to return to work and how long you are unable to return to work, as well as if you need assistance in completing day-to-day tasks.

If your injury has impacted your life in a way that has set you back financially or it will do so in the future, then it is likely to be serious enough to enquire about making a claim.

The main things that you might be able to claim against are:

  • care and equipment both current and future;
  • loss of earnings, as well as potential future earnings if your future progression has been impacted as a result of the injury; and
  • the loss of being able to participate in activities such as sport or learning particular skills that you are now unable to due to your injury.

We do receive claim enquiries from people who are calling on behalf of somebody else, mainly parents on behalf of children, or spouses on behalf of their partners – particularly in cases of more serious injuries including comas and brain injuries.

You can certainly start the process on someone else’s behalf, and we will guide you through the steps needed to ensure that it is as simple as possible through this difficult time. You can start by using our online form, requesting a callback, or by calling us on 0800 29 800 29.

Under the upcoming personal injury reforms in 2020, a more claimants will have to go through the small claims court. Namely those whose injury claims from road traffic accidents are likely to recover £5,000, and £2,000 for other claims. The current threshold for small claims is £1,000.

Most firms will not be able to represent those who go through small claims due to the costs involved, meaning that you would have to take the claim on yourself. We may be able to assist you with making your application, to see if we can call us on 0800 29 800 29.

Claim Today has been a personal injury specialist brand for over twenty years, handling personal injury claims concerning injuries from road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, or accidents in public and shops.

It is our mission to ensure that everyone has access to legal assistance with their claims. Thousands of people have claimed personal injury compensation with us to help rebuild their lives and get the care and assistance they need.

We work with personal injury firms up and down the country to provide you with expert advice and a high-quality service so your claim is managed in the best way possible, suited to your needs and circumstances.

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