Fatal Accident Claims

Experienced Fatal Accident Claims Solicitors in Gateshead and Washington

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident that was the result of negligent medical treatment or of third party negligence, you or your family may be able to bring a successful claim for compensation.

Making a claim may seem particularly distressing at what will already be a difficult time and no sum of money can compensate the loss of a loved one. However, as well as the emotional impact brought about by the loss, there can be a significant change in financial circumstances for those left behind and an award of compensation can help to relieve the financial burden. For some people bringing a claim is more about seeking to promote change rather than for financial compensation. This may be to change safety procedures at work or on the roads or to promote training in hospitals for care regimes and treatment. For others, it’s about obtaining an apology.

Whatever your reason for bringing a claim we understand the distress caused to families impacted by fatal accidents and, with compassion and sensitivity, we will help you every step of the way through the claims process to achieve your objectives.

To speak to one of our medical negligence team, call us on 0191 495 2896 or complete a Free Online Enquiry today.

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We have extensive experience of investigating and representing clients in fatal accident claims and at inquests. We have represented families following fatal accidents in the workplace, following road traffic collisions and as a result of medical negligence. We can offer a CFA (“no win no fee”) for suitable cases.

We can also guide and support you through any Inquest by liaising with the Coroner, advising you through the process and representing you at any pre-inquest review and at the inquest. Although the outcome of an Inquest does not confirm liability for any compensation claim it can provide important evidence and conclusions to support a claim. As part of a claim, we would consider this evidence and the Coroner’s judgment.

A fatal accident claim may be brought by:

- The Executors of the Deceased’s estate for pain and suffering, loss of earnings from the date of injury to death, care expenses from the date of injury, and funeral expenses.
- The Deceased’s Dependants for compensation for loss of services and financial support

In addition, a statutory bereavement payment of £15,120 may be claimed by:

- the husband/wife/civil partner of the Deceased;
- a partner cohabiting with the Deceased for at least two years at the time of Death;
- parents where the Deceased was a “legitimate” minor;
- a mother where the Deceased was “not a legitimate” minor.

Often a Defendant in a fatal accident claim will require sight of a Grant of Probate (if your loved one left a Will) or a Grant of Letters of Administration (where there is no Will). We have a specialist Probate team who can assist in obtaining the required documents for your case if necessary.

Contact our Gateshead and Washington medical negligent solicitors

Our expert medical negligence lawyers offer a personal service as well as genuine expertise so that you can be sure your case will have the attention it needs.

If you believe you may have a fatal accident claim please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 495 2896 or complete a Free Online Enquiry today.


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