OH Parsons: Leading Fatal Accident Claim Solicitors

In the wake of a fatal accident, families are often left grappling with profound emotional and financial burdens. Understanding the intricacies of fatal accident claims is crucial during these trying times.

Here, our experts delve into the complexities of fatal accident claims, shedding light on the legal processes and avenues available to families seeking compensation.

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What are Fatal Accident Claims?

Fatal accident claims are legal avenues pursued by the families of individuals who have tragically lost their lives due to the negligence or wrongful act of another party. These claims seek compensation for the devastating impact such a loss has on the family, encompassing both the emotional toll and the financial strain that often accompanies it.

For families who have lost a loved one, a fatal accident claim is not merely a legal process; it’s a lifeline. It provides a means for families to secure the financial support they need to cope with the significant loss. From covering funeral expenses to compensating for the future earnings the deceased would have contributed to the household, these claims play a vital role in helping families regain some semblance of stability. Moreover, they hold the negligent party accountable, ensuring that justice is served for the untimely loss of a precious life.

Fatal accident claims recognise the immense suffering and losses endured by the bereaved, seeking to provide them with a degree of financial support and stability during this incredibly challenging period.

The Legal Framework

Fatal accident claims in the UK operate under the framework established by the Fatal Accidents Act of 1976. This legislation outlines the criteria and procedures involved in pursuing such claims. It covers various aspects, including who is eligible to make a claim, the types of losses that can be compensated, and the specific conditions that must be met to establish liability.

Types of Compensation in Fatal Accident Claims

Understanding the types of compensation available and the methods used to calculate damages is crucial for families navigating this difficult terrain.

Each type of compensation is designed to address a different aspect of the loss. This can include:

  • Bereavement Award: A fixed sum granted to the spouse or parents of the deceased.
  • Dependency Claims: Providing financial support to dependents who relied on the deceased for their financial wellbeing.
  • Funeral Expenses: Covering the costs associated with arranging a funeral and related expenses.
  • Loss of Financial Support: Compensating for the future earnings the deceased would have contributed to the family.
  • Loss of Services: Recognising the value of services the deceased would have provided, such as childcare or household maintenance.

Calculating Damages in Fatal Accident Claims

Calculating damages in fatal accident claims is a nuanced process that involves assessing various factors. This can include the age, health, and life expectancy of the deceased, their earning capacity, and the financial dependency of the claimants.

Consideration is also given to any potential future costs that may arise as a result of the loss.

What are Dependency Claims?

Dependency claims are a crucial component of fatal accident claims, offering financial support to those who were dependent on the deceased for their livelihood. This can include spouses, children, or other family members who relied on the deceased’s financial contributions. Dependency claims aim to provide a degree of stability and support to those left grappling with the economic impact of their loss.

Seeking Legal Assistance

Navigating the legal procedures surrounding fatal accident claims requires expertise and experience. Our fatal accident solicitors play a pivotal role in guiding families through this process, ensuring that their rights are protected and that they receive the compensation they rightfully deserve.

At OH Parsons, our legal team works tirelessly to gather evidence, establish liability, and advocate for the rights of the bereaved family throughout the legal process.

Compensation for Different Types of Fatal Accidents

As with any legal proceedings, the type and amount of compensation available can vary based on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

  • Fatal road Accidents: Fatalities resulting from road accidents can have a profound impact on families. Compensation in these cases may cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other associated costs.
  • Fatality caused by medical Negligence: In cases of fatal medical negligence, families have the right to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one due to substandard care. This compensation can encompass various elements, which we will cover in more detail below.

Fatalities Caused by Medical Negligence

For a medical fatal accident claim, you must be able to prove that there was negligent medical treatment (or lack of treatment) and that the negligent treatment caused the death, or led to an earlier death.

Claims can be brought against doctors, hospitals, surgeons, dentists and mental health professionals or any clinician who owes you a duty of care to provide you with medical treatment.

Claims can also be brought on behalf of the spouses/partners and dependent children to be compensated for not only the bereavement, but also the loss of income or the service to the family due to the death of the patient.

How Can I Make a Fatal Accident Claim (Medical Negligence)?

There are strict time limits for making medical negligence claims; legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew that you had suffered an injury because of the negligence.
Where the negligence has caused death, if the 3 year period hasn’t expired before the patient passes away, the three years runs from the date of death. It is important to get specialist advice about this deadline and discuss the circumstances to avoid missing this time limit.

Below, we outline details of the claims process.

  1. The first step is for you to contact one of our specialist fatal accident solicitors. Tell us what happened, and why you think there may have been some medical negligence. We will advise you on the time limits and discuss the next steps to take.
  2. We will then need to obtain a complete set of your medical records which we will carefully review.
  3. Our medical experts will work to establish that the treatment, or lack of treatment, provided to you was negligent (breach of duty), and that, as a result, harm has been caused (causation).
  4. Once we have obtained supportive expert evidence on issues of breach of duty and causation, we can start to look at the value of your claim. To value your claim, it is necessary to consider your pain and suffering (general damages) as well as your out of pocket expenses (special damages).
  5. We will then be in a position to present a claim to the defendant(s). A Letter of Claim document will summarise our allegations.
  6. Finally, if a settlement cannot be reached, we may involve the court. Starting a claim at court does not necessarily mean there will be a trial.

Dealing With Inquests

At OH Parsons, we can advise and assist you in dealing with inquests at a Coroner’s Court, where it is the Coroner’s duty to investigate certain types of death. This includes when medical treatment has been involved and it needs to be established how an individual died. 

How Do I Choose the Right Fatal Accident Solicitor for My Case?

Choosing the right fatal accident solicitor is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcome for your case. When selecting a solicitor, consider the following factors:

  • Experience: Look for solicitors with extensive experience in handling fatal accident claims and a track record of success.
  • Specialisation: Choose solicitors who specialise in personal injury and fatal accident claims,
  • Communication: Opt for solicitors who prioritise clear and open communication, keeping you informed about the progress of your case.
  • Client Reviews: Read reviews from previous clients to gauge the solicitor’s reputation and client satisfaction.
  • Fee Structure: Inquire about the solicitor’s fee structure, including “no win, no fee” arrangements, as offered here at OH Parsons.
 

OH Parsons: No Win No Fee Fatal Accident Solicitors

We understand the financial strain that families may be under during this difficult time. That’s why we offer a No Win No Fee arrangement for fatal accident claims. This means that you pay nothing upfront, and our fees are contingent on the successful outcome of your case. It’s our commitment to ensuring that families receive the legal support they need without adding to their financial burden.

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More About Fatal Accident Claims

Proving negligence is central to determining liability in fatal accident claims. This requires demonstrating that another party, whether it be a driver, a property owner, or an entity, failed to uphold their duty of care, resulting in the fatal incident.

Expertise in this area is vital, as it involves gathering evidence, consulting with experts, and building a compelling case that establishes the negligence of the responsible party.

Navigating the legal process following a fatal accident can be emotionally challenging for families. Understanding the avenues available for seeking compensation is crucial in this journey:

  • Out-of-Court Settlements: In some cases, parties involved may opt for an out-of-court settlement. This can provide a faster resolution and spare families the emotional strain of a trial. Experienced solicitors can negotiate on behalf of the bereaved family to secure a fair settlement that adequately addresses their needs.
  • Court Cases and Trials: In situations where an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to court. This involves presenting evidence, making legal arguments, and ultimately having a judge or jury determine the outcome.

When pursuing a fatal accident claim, it’s crucial to engage with insurance companies effectively. Insurance coverage is a pivotal aspect of many fatal accident claims, and understanding the intricacies of policies, coverage limits, and potential exclusions requires expertise in insurance law.
Solicitors skilled in fatal accident claims can navigate this terrain, working to maximise the compensation available to the grieving family.

Dependency claims are a vital component of fatal accident compensation, providing crucial support to those left behind after a tragic loss. Certain family members are eligible to make dependency claims following a fatal accident. This can include spouses, children, parents, and other dependents.

Demonstrating dependency requires a careful examination of the financial and emotional contributions the deceased made to their dependents. Solicitors with expertise in this area can compile the necessary evidence to support the dependency claim.

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Client Success Stories

We’re proud of the positive outcomes we have achieved for our clients, and their feedback speaks to our commitment to securing the maximum compensation for their injuries. 

We have successfully represented numerous clients in their claims for injuries compensation, particularly those involving serious injuries such as whiplash and spinal cord injuries. Read some of our client success stories to see how we have made a difference in the lives of those we have represented.

Man Awarded £508,000 Compensation For Injury At Work

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The judge found that the claimant’s work had made a material contribution to his injury and that if it wasn’t for the injury the claimant would have continued to do this job until the age of 67 and was awarded over £508,000. 

£4.15m Settlement For Man Blinded At Work

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This case settled at JSM for £4.15m, net of any deduction for alleged contributory negligence. Whilst not formally sub-divided, the award is broadly commensurate with care and assistance of over £2m, general damages of £335k, loss of earnings of £450k, accommodation of £350k, travel/transport expenses of over £200k, case management of £350k and equipment of £200k, plus lesser heads of loss. 

Airport Worker Awarded £150,000 Compensation for Personal Injury

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We succeeded in obtaining a gross settlement of £150,000 for our client to compensate him for his pain and suffering, as well as his past and future financial losses. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Fatal Accident Claims

The calculation of compensation in Fatal Accident Claims takes into account various factors, including the financial contributions the deceased would have made to the family, as well as the emotional support and care they provided. It also considers potential future earnings, funeral expenses, and other related costs.

Yes, under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, specific family members and dependents have the right to pursue a claim on behalf of the deceased. This can include spouses, children, parents, and other individuals who were financially or emotionally dependent on the deceased.

Engaging a solicitor is highly advisable in Fatal Accident Claims. These cases involve complex legal procedures, negotiations with insurers, and the gathering of substantial evidence. A solicitor experienced in fatal accident claims possesses the necessary expertise to navigate these intricacies and work towards securing the compensation that the family is entitled to.

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 is a pivotal piece of legislation that provides the legal framework for pursuing compensation in fatal accident claims. It outlines who is eligible to make a claim and the types of damages that can be sought. This Act plays a significant role in ensuring that the rights of the bereaved family are protected and that they receive the compensation they deserve.

The amount of compensation you could receive from a successful fatal accident claim varies depending on several factors, including the circumstances of the accident, the extent of financial dependency on the deceased, and the impact of the loss on the surviving family members. 

Compensation typically covers funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and bereavement damages. Our experienced fatal accident solicitors can provide personalised guidance and assess the potential value of your claim based on the specific details of your case.

To support a fatal accident claim, various types of evidence are crucial in establishing liability and determining the extent of damages. This evidence may include:

  • Witness statements
  • Medical records
  • Accident reports
  • Financial records
  • Expert testimony

Gathering comprehensive evidence is essential for building a strong fatal accident claim. Our fatal accident solicitors can assist you in collecting and presenting the necessary evidence to support your case.

The timeline for receiving compensation for a fatal accident claim can vary depending on various factors, including the complexity of the case, the cooperation of involved parties, and the court’s schedule. In some cases, compensation may be obtained through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution methods, resulting in a quicker resolution. However, if the case proceeds to trial, the process may take longer due to court proceedings and legal proceedings.

Meet Our Fatal Accidents Solicitors

At OH Parsons, our expert fatal accidents solicitors take time to get to know the full extent of your case, minimising the impact of the claims process on you and your grieving family. We understand that you may be anxious about starting a legal claim, so we investigate cases thoroughly, involving the best experts and barristers, to maximise the chances of success and to give you peace of mind.

About OH Parsons

At OH Parsons, we are committed to achieving the best outcome for your fatal accident compensation claim. As top solicitors, we will take care in understanding your case and obtaining the best possible outcome.

Contact OH Parsons: Fatal Accidents Solicitors

For personalised advice and support in your fatal accident claim, reach out to our expert solicitors at OH Parsons. We’re here to advocate for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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