We know that nothing will ever make up for devastation and heart ache of losing a loved one in a fatal accident..
We are all too aware that following a fatal accident the families of the victim not only have to cope with the grieving process but they also have to cope with the financial and other consequences as a result of the death of their loved one. We could help you cope and offer you support through one of the most difficult times of your life Alongside advice from doctors and financial advisers, expert advice from an injury solicitor can help you make decisions that may improve your situation. Claiming compensation can help ease the burden of any financial worries you or your family may have.
If someone you love has died as a result of the negligent actions of another person, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. You might also be able to help to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
Fatal Injury Claims
We know that tragedy can strike at any time and have represented families who have lost loved ones in a variety of different circumstances including:
- Helicopter crashes (accidents)
- Maritime accidents
- Workplace transport accidents
- Public transport accidents
- Other road accidents
- Organised events and trips
- Workplace accidents
- Exposure to hazardous substances
Who Can Claim
There are a number of categories of family members and people with a relationship of affinity to the victim who legally we are able to assist by offering support and claiming compensation on their behalf. To name a few these include:
- a spouse or a former spouse
- a civil partner or former civil partner
- a cohabitee if you have been living as man and wife for over two years,
- a parent or ascendant of the deceased
- a child, or a child who may not be a blood relative but who was treated as a child of the family in relation to that marriage
- a brother, sister, uncle or aunt of the deceased
In addition to a claim for compensation for individual family members and people with a relationship of affinity to the victim there may also be a claim for compensation for the estate of the victim for the pain and distress they suffered prior to their death, financial losses and funeral costs. Any compensation received for the estate will be distributed in accordance with the victims will.
To find out more about making a fatal injury claim, give us a call today on 0800 0891331 and talk things through with one of our expert lawyers.
Fatal Accident Inquiries
The sudden and unexpected nature of losing a loved one in a fatal accident can make dealing with the loss and the consequences of the loss even more difficult.
All too often the victim’s family and loved ones have no time to prepare because news of the tragic events which caused the accident come completely out of the blue . It is not uncommon for the precise circumstances of an accident to be unclear. We recognise that it is vitally important to our clients that to know exactly how and why their loved one were taken from them and for many it is essential that lessons are learned and changes are made so one else has to suffer the same fate.
One way of finding out exactly what happened and why is through a fatal accident inquiry. These are always held if someone dies while in custody or because of an accident at work, but the Lord Advocate has discretion to hold a fatal accident inquiry in other cases too.
Thompsons Solicitors has vast experience of assisting families involved in fatal accident inquiries and can guide you through the process. Give us a call today on 0800 0891 331 to find out more.