Fatal Accident Claims

A Fatal Accident claim for compensation arises when someone dies as a result of the negligence of another person or an organisation following an unexpected or unforeseen event.

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"Johnny Richardson at Watermans was so professional, compassionate and very helpful when dealing with my claim. Always emailed or called me with regular information and updates regarding my case."

K Harvie, Personal Injury Claim

The Short of it

  • Dealing with grief and emotional distress

    after a fatal accident is extremely tough so we aim to get you the emotional and financial support you need.

  • You may be eligible to claim fatal accident compensation

    if you are the partner, parents, siblings or children of the person who sadly lost their life.

  • The compensation you receive

    can include funeral costs and the loss of financial support your loved one would have provided before their death.

  • Everything we do at Watermans

    is about getting you the resolution you need and providing Straightforward legal advice.

  • The Long of it

    Fatal accidents

    Fatal accident claims

    Sadly, more than 100 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 it may seem like money is the last thing you’d want to think about during this difficult time, fatal accident compensation can really help take the financial pressure off after the tragic loss of a loved one.

    Fatal compensation claims are not limited to fatal car accidents. They also apply to fatal 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 fatal accident is proven to be negligent.

    Making a claim

    How do I make a fatal accident claim?

    If you have lost a family member, you may be eligible to claim fatal accident 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

    The first step is to contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. We’re experienced in providing legal support to those who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, so we’re able to guide you through the process as sensitively as possible. 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 the fatal injury to let them know you are seeking compensation for bereavement and any associated accident damages. Our team 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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    Fatal accident compensation

    What is usually included in fatal accident compensation claims?

    The amount of compensation for fatal accident claims 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, but compensation will be less than what you would receive if the deceased was not at fault.

    If the deceased was driving in a negligent manner and caused the accident, there are no appropriate grounds for family members to claim compensation.

    There are also instances where fatal 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 the 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.

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose Watermans to pursue my claim?

    Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life.

    Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act only for people who have been injured in an accident, and never for the at-fault party, nor insurance companies who defend these cases.

    Our expert team are committed to doing everything to make the claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident. We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of compensation. We also provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment to ensure you recover from your injuries as soon as possible and get your life back on track.

    Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas including accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims and cases relating to child and historical abuse.

    We represent thousands of clients throughout Scotland each year, securing millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We work on a no win a fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.


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    Get in touch with us

    Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055

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    Our personal injury claims expert

    “Making a claim for compensation can be such a daunting process for people, so I try to make it as straightforward and easy to understand as I can for them.”

    Susanne McGraw, Head of Personal Injury