We know how difficult it can be to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. We also understand that the death of somebody close to you can often leave you with financial strain – an extra pressure which you shouldn’t need to deal with at such a traumatic time.
If your partner or spouse passed away, we know that you’ll be adjusting to life without them. In some cases, you may have been reliant on their income and we realise that this can leave you in a very difficult and stressful situation.
No matter what the circumstances, losing a loved one unexpectedly is always traumatic. This is compounded if their death was caused due to somebody else’s fault. While money can in no way compensate for the loss of a loved one, claiming compensation can help ease your financial burden and help you take care of pressing financial matters.
We at Injury Point can help you with your Fatal Accident Claims, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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What You Should Know About The Statutory Award For Bereavement? udar11685
In addition to the above, there is also the potential for recovering a nominal amount of £12,980 in the form of a Statutory Award for Bereavement. This is separate from the amount you are entitled to claim as dependant compensation. In a successful fatal accident claim the bereavement award is due payable by the negligent party even if there is no loss of income or benefits for the dependants. However this is only payable to the spouse of the deceased or the parents of a deceased minor.
What Can You Claim For In A Fatal Accident Case? udar11685
Every case is different. The exact compensation you can claim for will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the other factors. Generally, in case of a fatal accident, you would be able to claim compensation for the following:
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity of the deceased – If death was preceded by a disease, for example an asbestos-related disease or if the deceased was bed-ridden because of medical negligence, this claim will be compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased during their lifetime as a result of the disease.
Actual losses – This compensation component provides for actual expenditures incurred in caring for the injured person as well as any administrative expenses involved in dealing with their demise or their estate. This covers actual costs incurred such as hospital expenses, ongoing nursing care, medicines and medical aids, housing adaptations and the cost of travelling for medical treatment. Funeral expenses are also included.
Loss of earnings – In case the death was not immediate, loss of earnings during the time the deceased was alive but unable to work are also taken into consideration.
Loss of services – You can also claim compensation for the loss of services that the deceased provided such as childcare, housework, gardening and other DIY chores. If the deceased was caring for another sick person in the family, the cost of hiring a replacement carer may also be considered.
Losses for dependency – This is often the largest component of most fatal accident compensation claims. It is applicable if the deceased is survived by dependents who depended on his or her income, for example a spouse, minor children or aged parents. The amount will vary depending on the deceased’s income. The calculation may also take into account loss of pension as well as other bonuses and allowances such as healthcare benefits, use of company car and mobile phone usage.
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