Unfortunately, more than 10,000 lives are lost each year on Scottish roads due to fatal car accidents. These accidents cause an enormous amount of grief and trauma for family members of the deceased as well as any survivors of the accident.
Dealing with grief and emotional distress after a fatal accident can be extremely tough. While financial burdens may be the last thing you worry about during this difficult time, compensation helps take financial pressure off after a loss of a loved one.
Fatal compensation claims are not limited to car accidents. They also apply to accidents involving any road users whether it’s a cyclist, pedestrian or someone in any other motor vehicle. You are entitled to claim compensation if the person who caused the accident was proven to be negligent.
To find out more on fatal accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee serious accident solicitors on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who is eligible to claim compensation for a fatal accident?
If you have lost a family member, you may be eligible to claim compensation if you are:
- The deceased’s spouse or cohabiting partner
- The deceased’s parents
- The deceased’s siblings (brothers, sisters, half-brothers or half-sisters)
- The deceased’s children
What can be included in the fatal accident compensation claim?
The amount of compensation depends on who was at fault in causing the accident. Whether a third party is fully to blame or both drivers were at fault, you are still eligible to claim compensation. However, the compensation will be less than what you would receive if the deceased was not at fault.
If the deceased was driving in a negligent matter and caused the accident, there are no appropriate grounds for family members to claim compensation.
There are also instances where accidents occur due to factors beyond anyone’s control. This can include accidents caused by illness. In these cases, you are still entitled to receive compensation unless the deceased caused the accident following an illness.
You are eligible to claim compensation for the following after a fatal accident:
- Medical and hospital expenses prior to the death
- Funeral expenses
- Cremation expenses
- Loss of financial support the deceased would have provided to their children or other relatives before their death
- Loss of services, such as the care the deceased would have provided to dependent children
- Loss of earnings prior to accident
- Loss of enjoyment in life and psychological conditions such as stress or anxiety resulting from the news of the death, or witnessing the accident.
What information is required to start a fatal accident compensation claim?
Appropriate requirements need to be met before you can claim compensation on the deceased’s behalf, including:
- Reporting the accident as soon as you can to the police and recording the event number
- Collecting all relevant insurance and registration details of the negligent driver
- Keeping records of all expenses including medical bills, funeral costs and other relevant documentation and invoices that you wish to be compensated for.
In some cases, this information is not accessible to you. This is why you should contact the police, who should have any information that you are unable to obtain.
Is there a time limit to making a fatal accident claim?
Yes, a strict three-year time limit applies from the date of the accident. While it is difficult dealing with the loss of a loved one, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible. This gives you the best chance of securing compensation and financial security for your family.
How to start a fatal accident compensation claim
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll let you know if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for bereavement and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
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You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to rearrange a free consultation or begin a fatal accident injury claim on-line.