Gotelee Solicitors specialise in representing people who wish to bring a fatal accident compensation claim.
We are recognised local experts in handling claims brought under the Fatal Accident Act 1976. Our solicitors have many years experience of pursuing such compensation cases quickly and effectively. We have substantial knowledge of handling compensation claims arising from virtually every type of workplace. A priority for our lawyers is to ensure our clients receive an excellent, personal and local service.
Fatal accident claims involving the death of a loved one are one of the most emotionally stressful and upsetting types of case that our Solicitors deal with. While no amount of money can ever fully compensate you for the loss of someone special, it can help to ease the financial burdens that can arise in these tragic situations.
There are some limitations when making a fatal accident claim and seeking compensation under the civil law. In most cases, there is no element of punishment for the defendant as this aspect is dealt with by criminal law. In most cases, the defendant will carry insurance and their policy will pay the amount awarded to you if your claim is successful.
Fatal accident claims are normally comprised of two elements:
The first part of the claim focuses on compensation for the pain and suffering up to the date of death. This part of the fatal accident claim also includes damages to compensate for the financial losses which may have accrued between the date of injury and the date of death, as well as funeral expenses.
The second part of the claim is that brought under the provisions of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and focuses on the dependents of someone who dies as a result of any wrongful act or negligence. You may seek compensation for the loss of financial support if you are a dependent, e.g. surviving spouse or co-habitant, children or in some circumstances parents, grandchildren or grandparents.
Compensation is awarded for the loss of the victim’s support since his or her death. This consists of the portion of the deceased’s contribution to the family earnings which would have been spent on others, the home and other outgoings, together with compensation for any services that the victim provided, such as childcare, domestic assistance, gardening or DIY. This is usually called the dependency claim.
A statutory sum for bereavement is also usually payable to the spouse of the deceased or to the parents of a deceased minor.
Our team has extensive knowledge of all types of fatal accident claims, including:-
We are happy to advise you about your possible personal injury claim for compensation and can meet with you at our offices in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Hadleigh and Woodbridge. We offer a fully insurance protected No Win No Fee conditional fee agreement and will explain best options available for funding your claim.
We will investigate your case quickly and advise and help you concerning your entitlement to compensation and assistance. If possible we will obtain an interim payment of damages for you.
Please call 01473 298125 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be happy to consider your case and discuss with you how we can help.
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