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FATAL
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FATAL ACCIDENT COMPENSATION

HOW DO I CLAIM COMPENSATION FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE?

The death of a loved one has a devastating impact on family members and dealing with grief is the immediate priority as everyone tries to come to terms with what happened.

At some point afterwards the family may wish to consider their legal options as the financial implications become apparent.

Aamer Anwar in Association with Bonnar Accident Law are here to help your family by explaining your rights and guiding you through the possible options should you wish to make a claim for compensation.

Our solicitors have many years’ experience in helping families cope with the aftermath of a fatal accident and we spend as much time with you as required to make sure you fully understand the process. We treat you and your family with consideration and compassion and we are with you every step of the way.

 

FIRST STEPS

Please call us on 0800 802 1224 and we will arrange to meet you at your home or you can come to our office if you prefer. You can also complete our Online Enquiry Form and we will call you back asap.

 

FATAL ACCIDENT INQUIRIES

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) may be held following a death in the workplace or in certain cases which arouse suspicion. They are usually held in the sheriff court, but may be held in other premises if appropriate, such as a public hall, if a large number of people are expected to attend. FAIs are designed to establish the cause of death and what lessons can be learned.

Members of the family are entitled to legal representation at the inquiry.

 

LOSS OF SOCIETY

If a member of your family has died, immediate relatives may be eligible to make a ‘loss of society’ claim.

This type of claim is based on the loss of the relative’s current and future company and guidance.

The Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 defines ‘immediate family’ and lists those with an entitlement to claim. Our solicitors are on hand to advise you.

Damages for fatal accidents are determined by the courts in Scotland on a case by case basis.

 

FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

The police ae required to investigate every fatal road traffic accident in Scotland.
Our solicitors will review the police report and instruct our own independent road traffic expert report to support your claim.

 

FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigates fatal accidents at work. Our solicitors will obtain the HSE report and commission a specialist accident investigator to examine the location where the accident happened and the state of any plant and machinery involved.

 

GET FREE ADVICE

We understand that the loss of a loved one is a devastating experience, especially when it is unexpected, and we are committed to treating you with compassion when you reach out to us.

Call us for free advice on 0800 802 1224 or fill in the enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

FATAL ACCIDENTS

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents go beyond injury and lead to loss of life. We understand that the devastation caused by an incident like this go beyond the victim and affect huge numbers of family and friends.

The tragic circumstances of cases like this need to be treated with compassion and respect, and we promise all of our interactions will be carried out with the utmost professionalism and understanding.

We also understand that at times like this money not be your priority, and quite rightly. That is why we will help in any way we can to get answers for you. You deserve an explanation as to why this terrible event took place, and we will do anything we can to facilitate this.

Unfortunately, the process of actually getting this information can be complicated. Nonetheless, we will use our expertise and every resource we have at our disposal to get you the answers that you deserve.

 

FATAL ACCIDENT ENQUIRIES

Certain cases will require the Procurator Fiscal to hold an inquiry in order to determine exactly what led to the death of your loved one and to establish who is responsible for the incident. These inquiries can also help to prevent similar accidents taking place in the future.

Family members of the victim are allowed to be legally represented at the inquiry hearings, and we will be able to provide this service.

 

WHAT AM I ABLE TO CLAIM FOR?

No amount of money will bring your loved one back, and no sum of compensation will take the pain away, but the effect that an unexpected death can have on a family’s finances is dramatic and can leave you in a very challenging situation. Making sure you are compensated for the incident can help to offset this financial strain.

The court will allow claims to be made to compensate for:

• Mental health issues like distress and anxiety.
• Grief and sorrow.
• ‘Loss of support’, which can help to make up for a decreased family income throughout your lifetime.
• Funeral Expenses (this is one of the most complicated claims you can make, but luckily we have plenty experience in doing so).

 

VEHICLE RELATED FATALITIES

When a person has been killed after being involved in a road accident, the police will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. However, they may not reveal the full extent of the findings to you. We have the ability to recover evidence directly from the police. We can receive reports or can speak to the officers involved directly.

This puts us in a unique position where we can reveal every known detail about the accident to you, hopefully providing some semblance of closure and revealing what grounds you have to make a claim.

Depending on the circumstances and what we find in our research, we may employ an independent road accident investigator to conduct their own research and analyse what the police found.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with cases that involve fatal road traffic accidents involving everyone who uses our roads and streets, from drivers to passengers and cyclists to pedestrians. You can be sure we will use our expertise to do everything we can to secure compensation for your tragic misfortune.

 

WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS

The standards of workplace safety have been improving drastically for decades. However, workplace accidents are not uncommon, and in unfortunate cases, they can lead to very tragic fatalities.

By the point you reach out to us, the incident will already have been investigated by the Health and Safety Executive. If you are unsatisfied with the findings that were relayed to you, we are able to get hold of the report in full. We can outline exactly what happened and what could have been done to prevent it if it provides you with closure.

We can also shed some light on whether your loved one’s employer, or anyone else, was responsible for the accident. If this is the case, we can advise on how you can proceed legally. Again, securing a settlement will not take away your grief, but it can help to stabilise your finances for the future.

 

GET FREE ADVICE

We understand that the loss of a loved one is a devastating experience, especially when it is unexpected, and we are committed to treating you with compassion when you reach out to us.

Call us for free advice on 0800 123 4567 or fill in the enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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