Fatal Injuries can be the most challenging of cases on many fronts, no case is the same as no person or family are the same.
These cases demand a specialist and experienced Solicitor but also someone who is approachable and sincere. You need to be able to trust your Solicitor to discuss some difficult issues and it is important that you have that relationship from the outset.
Ideally, a specialist Solicitor would advise that legal advice should be taken as soon as possible after the event, but Linked Up Lawyers understands that each family is different and will need to take things at their own pace. All the specialist Solicitors on this site will provide free initial, no obligation advice on whether you have prospects of a case. If there are prospects, and you choose to instruct this specialist Solicitor they can offer support in the following ways:
- Liaising with the Coroner;
- Arranging legal representation at the Inquest, if required;
- Liaising with your Family Liaison Officer where appropriate;
- Requesting an early interim payment for counselling or funeral expenses;
- Co-ordinating any media statements where necessary;
- Introducing families to charitable support groups.
Who can bring a case?
The law is very clear on who can bring a case following a fatal injury. Nothing is ever going to replace the loss of a loved one, the Court cannot put a price on someone’s life. The Civil Court focuses on the financial loss caused by the person’s death.
The law states a “Dependent” can bring a case. Dependents are:
- A spouse/civil partner or ex-spouse/ ex-civil partner if they are still depending on the deceased;
- A partner if they had been living with the deceased for at least two years prior to the death;
- A child of the deceased;
- A parent of the deceased;
- Close family – siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins or grandparents.
The law also states that a spouse or civil partner or parent of a child under the age of 18 years can claim a Statutory Bereavement Award which is currently set at £12,980.00.
There are, however, changes in the law and recent case law has suggested a cohabitee may be eligible for the Statutory Bereavement Award and we would, therefore, encourage anyone who has lost a loved one to contact a Solicitor on this site for some free initial advice.
What Linked Up Lawyers can do
All the Solicitors on this site take the time to listen to you and your family and will advise on your particular circumstances.
Additional examples of practical help sourced by these Solicitors include:
- Early interim payments to cover funeral expenses, mortgages and household bills;
- Specialist bereavement counselling for adults and children;
- Family counselling;
- Support during criminal proceedings by attending the criminal trial with you;
- Assistance with probate matters;
- Emotional support.
All Solicitors on this site are happy for you to call them to discuss your case on a free, no-obligation consultation. Solicitors on this site aim to offer a 0% success fee on all civil cases where possible and do not take a success fee deduction from your compensation; however, due to Government legislation there are two exceptions listed below:
– As a result of an intentional criminal act resulting in an application for compensation with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) as your legal fees are not covered in this application;
– As a result of an injury being caused by the actions of an untraced driver resulting in a claim against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) as your full legal fees are not covered in this claim