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Fatal Accident Claims Solicitors
Some of the most emotional claims that Bikelawyer deals with are those involving the death of a relative. Obviously, no amount of money can compensate you for your loss however we can help to ease the financial burden resulting from the death of a loved one. If the death was as a result of someone else’s negligence then you may be entitled to compensation.
Bikelawyer's fatal accident claims solicitors has recovered millions of pounds for those left behind after fatal motorcycle accidents and as bike claim specialists we have a track record of succeeding in claims even where others have been unsuccessful.
Who can claim after a fatal accident?
A surviving spouse and cohabitees in a long term unmarried relationship, for example common law spouses. This is usually defined as people that have lived together continuously for more than 2 years prior to the date of death. The claimant is required to prove this cohabitation but this is usually as straightforward as providing a few utility bills or bank statements.
Those in a civil partnership or any individual that has a financial dependency on the deceased e.g. children may have also a claim.
Our fatal accident claim solicitors have a detailed knowledge of fatal accident claims and we will guide you through this difficult time with care and understanding.
What can I claim after a fatal accident?
Damages awarded can include an amount for the pain and suffering from the time of the accident to the point of death. This amount varies depending on the extent of the deceased’s awareness of the injuries sustained and their duration.
A claim can also be made for the actual financial losses such as funeral expenses and a bereavement award for the deceased’s spouse or parents.
It may also be possible to receive compensation for the loss of financial support resulting from the death, for example future loss of earnings into the household. This is particularly important where the deceased was the main breadwinner in the family, or if they had dependent children. If there is a financial dependency claim the court will look at what the deceased would have earned, deduct an amount that the court deemed he or she would have spent on themselves and the rest can be the subject of a claim.
What’s an inquest?
An Inquest is a medical/legal enquiry held by a Coroner following a death which wasn’t the result of natural causes or a sudden death where the cause is unknown. It’s not a trial and the purpose of an inquest is to establish the identity of the deceased, when the person died, where they died and how the death occurred. If you need a more detailed guide to what to expect at an inquests one can be found here.
How can I prove the other driver caused the accident?
Making a fatal accident claim is more complicated than making a personal injury claim because in all civil law cases it is for the claimant to prove their case. A big part of that is usually the evidence of the injured party themselves. Because the deceased can’t give evidence in a fatal injury claim there is a far greater reliance on forensic evidence and expert reconstruction evidence based on evidence gathered by the police and eye witness accounts.
How do I know if I have a claim?
Fatal accidents are a very specialist area of law. If you think you might have a claim then give one of our fatal accident claims solicitors a call and we’ll be able to give you a free, no obligation assessment of any claim you might have.
Can I make a fatal injury claim no-win, no-fee?
Yes. After we’ve spoken to you and you’ve told us what’s happened, if we think there’s a claim, we’ll act on a no-win, no-fee basis.
From that point on you’ll have a dedicated, knowledgeable fatal accident claims solicitor to help you through the process. You’ll never be passed to secretaries or assistants, and if you ever have any questions you can always just call your solicitor’s direct phone number.
Is it worth making a claim?
While money can’t bring a loved one back, a successful fatal injury claims can secure the financial future of the people left behind.
Recent Bikelawyer cases have involved:
More than £1million for the widow of a biker fatally injured due to the negligence of an untraced driver who swerved in to the motorcyclist's lane causing him to come off his bike.
£300,000 for the widow of a motorcyclist killed when a car driver negligently pulled out on the biker from a side road.
£300k obtained for the widow of motorcyclist killed when a child’s skateboard that went into the road. Compensation was obtained from the home and contents insurer.