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Fatal Accident Claims

Fatal accident claims

Accidents either on the road, in a public place, at work or through clinical negligence resulting in the death of a loved one is a devastating experience for the surviving family. Often it will not only cause unimaginable grief and loss but could result in a huge financial impact on those left behind at their most vulnerable time. Compensation will not just be awarded, it has to be claimed. At Irvings we have specialists who can deal with these claims and help families come to terms with their loss and begin to plan for the future.

A claim can be brought on behalf of the estate of the deceased, or by a person who was financially dependent upon the deceased against anyone found to be responsible for the death. Such claims may include an award of compensation in its own right, known as the “Bereavement Award” as well as a dependency claim being brought by anyone who was financially reliant on the deceased. This will include, for example, loss of earnings or pension, but also represent the loss to everyday family life of the deceased, including chores, DIY and their general contribution to those around them.

In addition to the above, a claim could be brought on behalf of the deceased’s estate for any injury or suffering that the deceased may have incurred as a result of the accident and prior to their death. Also included are financial losses incurred as a result of death such as funeral or care expenses, or loss of earnings from the date of accident until the date of death. Our specialist solicitors can give full and proper advice as to what can be claimed in individual circumstances, and by whom.

Irvings can take care of the claim which includes:

  • Liaising with the police in their investigations;
  • Investigating the cause of the accident and helping determine a finding of liability against those responsible where appropriate;
  • Obtaining a Grant of Probate in circumstances where the deceased has died without having left a will (intestate) allowing someone to run the claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate;
  • Representing the family of the deceased at any coroner’s inquest;
  • Arranging any appropriate experts to assist in determining the cause of the accident;
  • Representing the family at any criminal proceedings brought against those responsible for the accident; and,
  • Pursuing civil proceedings on behalf of the family of the deceased and ensuring the maximum compensation is obtained to provide security for the future.

Are you eligible?

If you are the spouse, partner or a dependant (or responsible for a dependant) of someone who has died as a result of an accident, then we will be able to help you work out what compensation you might be entitled to, providing some help at this already difficult and vulnerable time. We offer sensitive, specialist advice, at your convenience in our offices or in your own home. We can help you recover financial compensation where appropriate, compensation which will go towards providing some degree of security for your future, or that of your children after the loss of a parent.

Why contact Irvings?

  • We have decades worth of experience dealing with fatal accidents and serious injury cases. We have worked on numerous cases where the family has received significant settlements that help them move forward with their lives
  • We will come and visit you at home or wherever you feel most comfortable. This allows you to have personal, face to face contact with an experienced solicitor
  • You will have your own dedicated solicitor who will guide you through each and every aspect of the claim for compensation, including all steps required to run run the claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate
  • We use only qualified solicitors who specialise in serious, fatal and catastrophic injury work
  • You will be provided with a dedicated number for your solicitor so you can speak to them whenever you need to, 24/7

Case Study

Martin, a delivery driver for a local supermarket, was unfortunately killed at the scene of a road traffic accident by a car whilst on his motorbike. We at Irvings were instructed on behalf of his long-term partner, who he was due to marry that year, in addition to his eight-year-old daughter.

The driver of the car did not accept responsibility, and initially pleaded not guilty. It was necessary for Irvings to obtain a Grant of Probate to enable a claim to be run by the estate. We also had to liaise with the coroner and police on behalf of our client and her daughter and arrange representation at the initial criminal hearings.

We instructed accident reconstruction experts to investigate how the accident occurred. Shortly before the criminal trial a guilty plea was entered by the defendant. Despite this, the defendant’s insurers did not agree to admit liability and civil proceedings commenced on behalf of the estate. It was only then that liability was finally admitted by the insurers. At that stage, and having investigated fully the financial and potential losses that our client and her daughter had and would incur as a result of Martin’s death, we were able to negotiate a settlement with the defendant of £250,000 on behalf of the estate.

Have a question for Ian?

Irvings director, Ian Kyle, has the knowledge and experience to help you with a potential fatal accident claim.

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