What is it?
In the event of a fatal accident family members and the deceased’s estate may be able to make a claim for financial losses from the insurers for the person or company which caused the accident.
One such head of claim is the Bereavement Payment.
Who is entitled?
There are only a limited class of people who can claim the payment, they are as follows:-
- Surviving spouse;
- Surviving civil partner;
- Parents (if child was under 18);
- A cohabiting partner who was living in the household immediately before the date of the death of the deceased and had been living in that household for at least 2 years.
The value of this claim has recently been increased to the sum of £15,120. No amount of money will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, however the sum of £15,120 is very low when compared to other Western countries.
There are many other heads of claim which can be brought both by the estate of the deceased and the dependents, including, but not limited to, recovering the cost of the funeral, general damages for the pain the deceased may have endured, loss of dependency claims for the spouse and children in terms of loss of income and other non-financial support such as care and DIY.
If you would like to discuss a fatal accident compensation claim please contact Richard Long, Solicitor, ASD Solicitors, Sheffield, who has more than 35 years’ experience in dealing with these types of claims.
Richard Long 0114 2678780