Some tough moments have to be faced when the worst happens on two wheels. In this post, Fatal Accident Claims offers useful and practical advice.
When a person loses someone close to them, there is obviously a range of negative emotions and feelings that will show up. If the death is sudden and unexpected, then the pain increases even more. Sudden deaths caused by the actions of another person causes all kinds of emotional pain such as grief and anger. It can also lead to serious ramifications to your financial circumstances, especially if you have a family to care for and look after. This is where compensation can help you to recover following a loss, both in terms of emotional and financial recovery.
If you have suffered from the loss of a loved one, it’s important to seek advice from a specialist law firm. One of the top North West firms that you can approach is R. James Hutcheon Solicitors.
Based in Liverpool, Hutcheon Solicitors operate a service called fatal accident claims. This service has been setup to provide dedicated support for families who’ve lost a loved one due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party. Fatal Accident Claims covers everything from mesothelioma and workplace accidents to road accidents, disasters accidents, and more. The solicitors at R. James Hutcheon Solicitors are trained to work in a friendly and supportive manner where relatives of the deceased can receive up-to-date advice and information on how to pursue a claim.
Fatal Accident Claims have provided IE magazine with an in-depth article talking about why it’s important to claim for compensation and what the bereavement award is.
Why Is Compensation Important?
The world ‘compensation’ can be a sensitive topic for many people. There can be shame and guilt for even considering compensation, and some people may feel that they simply have too much pride to pursue it. There may also be some fear attached due to any uncertainty they may have regarding the process and worry about whether it will be too daunting and complex for them to handle.
The person may also feel that it’s ‘wrong’ for them to consider a financial reward instead of fully committing to grieving over the deceased. With all that said, it must be stated that compensation is extremely important for several reasons and as long as you appoint the right solicitor, the pressure won’t be on yourself to work through the process.
The first thing to realise is that if someone has died suddenly due to the reckless, negligent or dangerous actions of another person, then close relatives have a right to receive compensation. This is especially true to anyone who was dependent on the deceased, such as spouses and children.
Compensation is not a mere token reward that acknowledges the wrongful death of a person, nor is it meant to provide financial solutions for leisure activities. Instead, it relieves certain financial hardships. Following the death, compensation can be used to cover costs such as hospital bills, funeral expenses, property damage, and other fees that appear as a direct result of the death. Where dependency is concerned, it can also help struggling families. For example, the loss of someone who contributed to household bills may mean that the family is left with debt.
What the Bereavement Award Means for You
The bereavement award is one of the most popular and mandatory forms of compensation awards that the UK government hands out following a wrongful death. However, the award only provides a statutory figure that doesn’t consider the facts of the case.
Many solicitors are of the opinion that £15,120 is too low a sum for the death of a loved one. In fact, this amount was previously £12,980 since 2013 until it was finally increased this May. While this award will reduce the financial pressure of close relatives in some way, many believe that it should be higher and that it should consider the specific circumstances surrounding the death.
Another controversial topic around the bereavement award is who is eligible to claim for the award. Under the current legislation, bereavement damages are only provided to a very specific group of people. The criteria states that spouses and civil partners are eligible for the award, as are parents as long as the child’s death occurred when they were aged under 18. Previously, unmarried couples were not eligible, but a recent court case has now changed this. Unmarried couples can claim as long as they were living with the deceased for at least two years before the death. Children would not be eligible for the bereavement award should one of their parents die.