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Fatal Accident Claims in South Wales

Losing a loved one in an accident is a traumatic experience, and if that accident could have been prevented, it can be a struggle to come to terms with. Though receiving compensation doesn’t change this devastating event, it can be helpful to support you during this distressing time.

If your loved one has died in these circumstances, our solicitors can support you with fatal accident claims in South Wales. Compensation can help to reduce any financial strain that you may be experiencing and cover the funeral expenses.

Not every fatal accident is caused by another person’s negligence, but if this is the case, it’s advisable to work with a solicitor to help you pursue a claim.

Our expert team have much experience in supporting clients to make such claims. We always take an empathetic and practical approach, ensuring that our clients have a stress-free experience.

Devonalds can offer a range of support with these types of claims, including

  • Advice on fatal accident claims
  • Guidance to make a dependants claim
  • Assistance to make a victims claim

To learn more about making a claim contact Devonalds

If you’ve lost someone in a fatal accident and would like to learn more about making a claim, please contact our fatal accident solicitors in South Wales. We have legal offices in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Church VillagePontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Tylorstown and Treorchy.

Our legal support with fatal accident claims

Advice on making a claim

Losing someone in an accident is incredibly distressing and you may be unaware of your rights moving forward. Our solicitors will start by sensitively assessing the specifics of the situation, and advising you on whether you have a case.

Where our solicitors feel that you may not be eligible to receive fatal accident claims compensation, we will attempt to offer alternative options, depending on your circumstances.

We appreciate that making a claim can feel daunting and will ensure that you are well prepared for the process, addressing all your questions and queries.

We can help with many different types of fatal accident compensation in South Wales, including:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical negligence accidents
  • Industrial illnesses and diseases

Support to make a dependants claim

If you were reliant on the income of the deceased, our solicitors can support you to make a dependants claim. These claims are intended to recover the financial losses you’ve experienced, or will experience, as a result of their death.

Our lawyers have guided many clients through the process as swiftly as possible. If you have any concerns or queries about the procedure, we will deal with these promptly, and ensure that you are happy to go ahead.

Many dependants will be eligible to claim, including cohabiting partners of more than two years, civil partners, husbands and wives, dependants such as children or step children, and more. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to claim, please get in touch.

Assistance making a victims claim

As well as making a dependants claim, it may also be possible to make a victim claim on behalf of your deceased loved one. This may be an option if they experienced a loss of income after they were injured, and before they died. You may also be able to claim compensation due to the suffering and pain they endured as a result of the fatal accident.

Our solicitors understand that the subject may be difficult to discuss and are committed to offering sensitive support. Whatever the complexities of your situation, we can certainly help.

Why choose Devonalds?

At Devonalds, we appreciate the individual nature of each claim and will always provide tailor-made support. We know our clients are going through a tough time and are here to give compassionate and practical legal help when you need it the most.

Our fatal accident claims team have a fantastic track record of supporting clients to swiftly secure high levels of compensation. Our solicitors are sympathetic and able to provide expert support while carefully explaining the processes to you.

With many years of experience behind us, and a dedicated team, we can assure you that you’ll receive a high-calibre service.

If you have any questions about the process, please get in touch with our team at Devonalds. Our solicitors can answer any queries you have, and help you get started, should you wish to proceed with a claim.

Devonalds legal fees

At Devonalds we are able to represent many clients on a No Win, No Fee basis, we believe that everyone should be able to access legal services.

We will always be transparent about pricing from the beginning, while offering guidance on all the options available to you, so that you can make a well-informed decision. To discuss your fees today, please get in touch with our specialist solicitors at Devonalds.

All your questions about fatal accident claims answered

Who can claim under Fatal Accidents Act?

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 is for the relatives and dependants of people who have died in a fatal accident. The act ensures that bereaved loved ones can claim to cover things like loss of income and financial hardship, and to help with funeral expenses.

As well as dependants, representatives of the estate can claim and those who are entitled to bereavement awards.

Who is a Dependant under Fatal Accidents Act 1976?

According to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 outlines those dependants who may be able to claim, these include:

  • Former spouses, spouses, or civil partners
  • Couples who had lived together for at least two years before the partner died in a fatal accident
  • A stepparent or parent of the person who passed away
  • A descendant or child of the deceased
  • Step children of the deceased, where the person was in a civil partnership or married
  • Uncles, aunts of siblings

Who can claim bereavement damages?

The current law states that you are eligible to claim a bereavement award in any of the following circumstances:

  • You are the civil partner, husband or wife of the person who has passed away
  • You are the cohabiting partner of the deceased, and have been so for at least 2 years
  • Parents whereby the deceased was a minor
  • The mother of the deceased if the deceased was not a minor

How much is the statutory bereavement award?

As well as claiming as a dependant, and on behalf of the victim, you also have the option to claim a statutory award for bereavement. Dependants can claim based on the unlawful actions of the defendant.

The amount that you can claim is currently £15,120. The award is intended to confirm the wrongful death, and offer compensation for the suffering experienced. Our specialist fatal accident claims solicitors can help you through the process of claiming a statutory bereavement award.

What is the time limit for fatal accident compensation claims?

The time limit for making a fatal accident compensation claim is three years from the date of death. If the deceased person was already making a personal injury claim before they passed away, the family member would still have three years from the date of death to continue the claim.

What should I do if my loved one died in an accident?

If your loved one has tragically died in an accident, it’s important that you get in touch with a solicitor. Our lawyers at Devonalds can help you to access the compensation that you deserve. Whilst we appreciate that compensation does not undo the tragedy, it can be a useful way to ease the financial strain during this distressing time.

To start the process today, you can contact us using the details below.

To learn more about making a claim contact Devonalds

If you’ve lost someone in a fatal accident and would like to learn more about making a claim, please contact our fatal accident solicitors in South Wales. We have legal offices in BridgendCaerphilly, Church VillagePontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Tylorstown and Treorchy.

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