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  • Overview

    Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    What compensation can you claim following a fatal accident?

    As well as losing a loved one you may have financial worries, especially if you were dependent on the deceased. Claims can be made for:

    • Financial losses accrued between the date of injury and the date of death
    • Funeral expenses
    • Loss of income or financial support
    • Loss of any services the deceased provided (e.g. childcare, domestic assistance).
    • Bereavement damages can be claimed by certain members of a deceased's family (this is fixed by law and is currently £12,980 for deaths on or after 1 April 2013).
       

    There are strict rules about who can bring a claim and what they can claim for. Seek legal advice as soon as you can; there is normally a limit of three years from the date of the death to pursue a claim.

    What happens at an inquest?

    An inquest is a public hearing held by a coroner when the circumstances of the death are unclear. The coroner will hear the evidence and reach a verdict as to the cause of death (not about apportioning blame).

    The family of the deceased are entitled to ask questions at the inquest or be represented by a lawyer. Many relatives are daunted by the prospect of standing up at an inquest to ask questions. We often represent them. In preparing for the inquest we:

    • Obtain copies of the deceased's medical records
    • Discuss with the family any concerns relating to the death
    • Prepare questions to be put to any witnesses giving evidence.
       

    Important information can come to light during the course of the inquest that can be of use in a subsequent fatal accident compensation claim.

    How can our personal injury solicitors help with fatal accident claims and inquests?

    • The breadth of experience in our personal injury team means it is likely that we have already recovered compensation in similar circumstances to yours
    • We have many years experience in representing families at inquests for deaths arising out of a range of accidents, including accidents at work and road traffic accidents
    • We give advice and help you through the process of making compensation claims in the event of an untimely death due to an accident
    • We provide clear practical advice and a supportive service during a period that is difficult for the family of the deceased.
       

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist personal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your accident before giving you clear advice on the chance of you recovering compensation. If we think you have a claim we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

     

     

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Dominique was friendly, informative and excellent to deal with. I have recommended Thomson Snell & Passmore to others of every department. My experience with the company has been seamless.”

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The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails. I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. Thanks James Cahan and his team of experts.”

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Throughout the process, your firm has treated me with unfailing tact and courtesy.  I have been conscious of, as well as the firm’s efficiency, a considerable sensitivity in the way a potentially painful legal issue was dealt with.

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We are very grateful to you for your hard work, your sensitivity in dealing with some frequently painful material, and the consistent lucidity with which you have kept us informed of the different stages of the claim

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As a family we have no experience of dealing with such issues, so James’ considered approach, advice and guidance were invaluable to us. Invariably highly professional but also approachable and with clear explanations, he has inspired total confidence throughout the past 17 months.

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I felt that you were very sincere and compassionate when dealing with me when I was at my lowest. I would recommend James time and time again, to any future clients.

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I would like to take this opportunity of offering my most sincere thanks to you and your Team for handling my Personal Injury Claim. The outcome was very satisfactory and way beyond my expectations which I can only attribute to your expertise and knowledge in these matters. I will have no hesitation in recommending you and your practice partners.

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Many thanks for all your support and hard work through a torrid 2 ½ years. We both appreciate it could have ended very differently without your dedication and attention to detail.”

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You have been very good thank you. Always prompt to respond to queries and have explained everything thoroughly.”

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I feel that TS&P and your team have been extremely good and I could not have wished for anything more.

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The sensitivity and dedication has assisted and assured me greatly in my recovery…there has been an emotional benefit that you and the team have provided by all of your actions. Thank you and the team for winning this case and securing a victory which, to me, is more than just about financial compensation.

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Thank you so much for the huge amount of effort and work put in by all concerned with this case. You were a very kind man and handled the case sympathetically and with integrity

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I feel that TS&P do take time to understand me personally. I am not just a folder, I am a person

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Dominique has been very supportive - and patient - throughout the process. I have often found it difficult, and because of stress and other circumstances in my life I have often taken a long time to face up to the situation and complete things that need to be done.

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I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

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