Serious Injury Claims

Fatal Accident Claims

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can go through. We understand the difficulties you can face and can help you claim compensation for the loss you have suffered.

Our team of fatal accident solicitors can help families at this distressing time, finding out what caused the accident and who was responsible.

As well as dealing with the natural grieving process, you may also be worried about the financial impact of your loss. If someone else was at fault in causing the accident, we could help you claim fatal accident compensation to make sure you and your family don’t suffer financially.

We have helped many people to claim compensation after fatalities arising out of:

If a family member has died in unusual or unclear circumstances, their death may be reported to a coroner, who might decide to hold an inquest. 

Here at Irwin Mitchell, we don’t just assist you in recovering the compensation you are entitled to - we are there whenever you need us. For more information on how we help grieving families, please visit our bereavement page.

If you require expert legal representation at the inquest, or at any other time, our dedicated fatal accident lawyers will be on hand to guide you through the process.

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Expert representation at inquests
Investigation team – including former police investigators
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Fatal Accident Claims - More Information
    • What’s The Process For Making A Claim?
    • Firstly, we’ll talk about your situation in a free initial consultation. We’ll explain how the inquest and claims process work and discuss the funding options available to pay for your case.

      We’ll then collect evidence to support your fatal accident claim and use this to come to a compensation amount that supports your needs and circumstances. We’ll keep you updated with what’s happening on a regular basis, explaining the process to you each step of the way.

      After we’ve collected evidence, we’ll contact those responsible for your loved one’s death and try to reach a settlement that meets your needs, whilst also getting an apology for your loss.

      The majority of cases are settled out of court. However, if we can’t reach a sum that we feel is fair and reasonable, or if the opposing party denies any wrongdoing, we’ll start court proceedings to get the compensation and answers you deserve.

      The length of your claim will vary depending on how complex the case is and whether the opposing party denies the actions that led to your loved one losing their life.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Our lawyers can support you in a number of ways following a fatal accident. We’re aware that aside from the trauma of sudden bereavement, losing a loved one can have a huge impact on your finances. We’ll fight to make sure that you and your family don’t suffer financially.

      We can get you the funds to compensate for any pain and suffering caused prior to the death, as well as to pay for things such as:

      • Funeral costs
      • Household expenses
      • Medical expenses
      • Loss of benefits (such as pension rights)
      • Childcare costs
      • Counselling services

    • No Win No Fee Fatal Accident Claims
    • We accept No Win No Fee agreements for most fatal accident claims. After an initial chat about your situation, we’ll advise you further if we believe that this method is best suited to you and provide guidance on how to set this up.

      No Win No Fee basically means that there’s no financial risk to you by making a claim. An insurance policy will be set up to protect your interests, meaning that you won’t lose any money, no matter what the outcome of your fatal accident claim is.

      We’ll always discuss a number of different funding options that are available to you – so you have all the options available to you from the start of the process.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • Our team of solicitors have many years of experience in helping families come to terms with the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident. We also have an investigation team that includes former police investigators, who are experts in finding the evidence and information needed to help support your claim for compensation.

      We also have unrivalled experience of helping families at inquests. We can provide expert advice and arrange representation at the  inquest should you require it.

      We can also provide assistance with:

      • Dealing with a loved one’s estate with our in-house probate team
      • Financial advice from our in-house independent financial advisers
      • Setting up a personal injury trust – this can make sure that your compensation is not taken into account when deciding whether you’re entitled to benefits, and can help protect your future

I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring."

Stephanie, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Represent Me At An Inquest?

When a person dies in unexpected or unclear circumstances, an inquest may be held to help get answers. 

An inquest is a public hearing into the reasons why a person has died. If the reasons why your loved one died are unclear, then...

...you may be asked to attend an inquest to get answers to these questions. While this may seem daunting, inquests are usually quite relaxed, with the majority of them held without a jury or other lawyers present.

We can represent you at an inquest if necessary, and guide you through the process before we liaise with the coroner’s office and the police for you and request early access to any documents that may be referred to at the inquest. Should you wish, we can also question witnesses that you identify to us before the inquest takes place. The most important thing is getting answers to the reasons why your loved one died – which will always be taken into consideration if we represent you at an inquest. 

If your loved one died after undergoing medical care or treatment, we can also help represent you to help get answers from the NHS or medical professional that treated them. For more information on this, visit our Medical Negligence Fatal Claims page.

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Can I Make A Fatal Accident Claim?

If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you could claim compensation to help with the loss of income and emotional suffering you and your family are going through.

In short, anyone who was dependent on the deceased can claim for compensation.

These claims are designed to protect you financially and can help pay for things like child care, funeral costs and other things that you may need. A ‘dependent’ can be one of the following people related to the deceased:

  • Husband/wife
  • Former spouse (married for at least two years)
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Cohabitee of over two years

You usually have three years from the time of the accident to claim for compensation, but we’ll talk this through in a free initial consultation if you have any worries about this. Call us today free on 0800 056 4110.

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What Is A Statutory Bereavement Award?

Our serious injury experts can offer you advice on statutory bereavement awards and other state benefits. This award is currently a fixed sum of £12,980 and can be awarded in addition to personal injury compensation, which you can claim separately. This award can be paid to a child who was under 18 at the time of...

...the fatal accident, or the husband/wife of the deceased.

This can help pay for:

  • Funeral expenses (although these can be compensated for separately)
  • The return home of your loved one’s body if they were abroad when they died
  • Loss of earnings

Read more about statutory bereavement awards.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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Pioneering for change - our work with national charities.

We have close links with national charities such as Brake – a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK, campaigning for better road safety and supporting those who have lost a loved one.

We support campaigns for greater safety and reductions in fatal accidents on the road and in the workplace, to see that they can be avoided in the future.

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