Fatal Accidents

Our fatal accident solicitors understand the devastating effect that an unexpected death can have on family members. During this extremely traumatic and emotional time you will probably experience shock, distress, anger and disbelief.

If a member of your family has died as a result of a fatal accident or injury you may be entitled to claim compensation to cover the loss of earnings and the distress caused. Our team of specialist solicitors have worked on a number of high profile fatal accident cases and understand the emotional and financial difficulties that a family death can bring.

Contact our specialist team today for free, no obligation, advice. If you decide to instruct us we will work on a no win, no fee basis to get the compensation you deserve.


How our fatal accident team can help

The Hugh James solicitors fatal accident team is here to help you through this difficult time.

Our expert lawyers will be able to guide you as to the best way forward, whatever the circumstances of the fatal accident or injury.

Fatal accident compensation claims are often complex and expert guidance is needed. The Hugh James specialist fatal accidents Team will provide all the expert guidance that you will need and you will not need to worry about the cost as we act on a no win, no fee basis.

Hugh James experts will answer all your questions, for free, such as:

  • Am I entitled to compensation?
  • What will it cost?
  • What are my rights?
  • Is there financial help available?

Fatal accidents as a result of negligence

Where the fatal accident or injury occurred as a result of negligence, or as a result of a breach of an employer’s duty of care, Hugh James’s expert fatal accident solicitors can help you through the difficult process of making a compensation claim so that you can ensure your financial stability while you cope with your devastating loss.

We can explore other ways to help you at this difficult time including:

  • Seeking interim payments where possible
  • Benefit advice
  • A free financial check up
  • Financial planning

There are strict time limits in fatal injury claims. Don’t delay and contact us immediately for free initial advice.

Our team of lawyers is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Who can make a claim?

Claims can be brought by people who are related to the deceased in the following ways:

  • children
  • civil partners
  • grandchildren
  • grandparents
  • parents of victims who were under 18 years old
  • partners who have been co-habiting for over two years
  • spouses

Dependents of the victim can claim compensation for fatal injuries from many situations including:

Making a claim for compensation

There are two ways that a claim can be made:


If the deceased suffered any pain or distress following their accident, you can claim for their suffering.

You can also claim for any financial losses from medical expenses, loss of earnings or even funeral expenses.

Loss of support

Under the Fatal Accidents Act of 1976, dependents can claim for loss of support including:

  • financial support
  • childcare support
  • household repair & upkeep
  • pension rights
  • bereavement compensation for pain and suffering
  • funeral expenses

Compensation under this part of the fatal accident claim is awarded for the loss of support since the death and consists of that portion of the deceased’s contribution to the family earnings which they would not have spent exclusively on themselves, plus any services that they provided such as childcare, domestic assistance, gardening, or DIY.

In addition, under a fatal accident claim, there is a statutory sum for bereavement of £11,800.00 which is payable to the spouse of the deceased or to the parents of a deceased minor.

It is important to understand that while pursuing a compensation claim over the death of your loved one can help you to get an explanation of what happened and can lay blame for the accident, it will have no bearing on whether the police will launch a criminal case.

A civil claim for fatal accident compensation will not result in a punishment for the negligent party.

In most cases the compensation will be paid by an insurance company.

Hugh James fatal accidents experience

Our team has secured millions of pounds of compensation over the past 50 years or so for individuals and their families affected by fatal accidents.

Such sums will never compensate for the loss of a loved one but it can help the affected families rebuild their lives and regain control over their day to day life after such a devastating event.

Our specialist team includes Solicitors Regulation Authority (personal Injury) Panel members and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Over the years the clinical negligence experts at Hugh James have successfully recovered damages for many patients and have become experts in this field of medical negligence.

We are able to deal assist you on a No Win No Fee basis.

If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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