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Fatal accident claims

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is among the worst experiences that anyone could ever go through. However, starting a fatal accident claim could help you to determine what caused their death, while holding those responsible to account.

At Ramsdens Solicitors, our specialist team of legal experts has helped many families who are going through this exact situation. We understand that, as well as dealing with your emotional response, you are potentially faced with formal investigations into the cause of death, as well as the financial and practical issues that come with losing someone. This is why we will do our utmost to ensure you are supported while you come to terms with your loved one’s death.

Contact our fatal accident solicitors today to discuss your circumstances. You can either call us on 01484 821 500 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you. We handle cases on a no win, no fee basis.

How our fatal accident solicitors can help you

Many people who have unexpectedly lost a loved one are reluctant to start a fatal accident claim because they are already dealing with a great deal of trauma and distress. Our solicitors understand and will work tirelessly to take the stress out of the legal process.

Our team of solicitors can be relied upon to deal with your case with sensitivity and professionalism at this difficult time. We have helped many clients to claim fatal accident compensation after the unexpected death of a loved one.

Common incidents of this type include:

If the death of your family member was due to the negligence of another party, we can help you to make a fatal accident claim to ensure that you and your family do not have to suffer further.

Very often when dealing with fatal accident claims, there will be police investigations and possibly a criminal prosecution of those found responsible for the fatal injury. There will also be Health and Safety Executive investigations, coroner’s investigations, and an inquest. These processes can be daunting and feel impersonal to the families who have lost a loved one, however, our fatal accident solicitors are on hand to support you throughout.

Dealing with inquests

If someone close to you has died in unexpected circumstances, there is often an inquest to determine the exact causes. If this process is necessary, we can provide support and guidance every step of the way.

The thought of attending an inquest can seem incredibly daunting, but it is a chance to have your questions about what happened answered. During this process, your dedicated solicitor will liaise with the coroner’s office and the police to request early access to any documents that may be referred to in the inquest.

If you wish, we can also question witnesses on your behalf.


Can I claim fatal accident compensation following the death of a loved one?

Fatal accident claims can be brought by:

  • Spouses or civil partners (including divorced spouses and annulled marriages)
  • Partners who had cohabited for at least two years at the time of the incident
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Step-children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents

What is accounted for in a fatal injury claim?

The different factors that will be considered when making a decision on fatal accident compensation include:

  • The pain and suffering caused
  • Medical fees and the cost of care
  • Loss of earnings and other expenses in cases where the death was not instant
  • Bereavement award
  • Funeral expenses
  • Dependency claim

Is there a time limit for making a fatal injury claim?

Usually, court proceedings for a fatal accident claim must be started within three years from the data of the incident. Speaking to a specialist solicitor will help you to determine whether or not you are eligible to start the legal process.

contact us

We have many years of experience in helping people who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident. Our expertise in this area means we are well placed to offer support. Contact us today to discuss your fatal injury claim by calling 01484 821 500, email us at or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.