Archive for the ‘Fatal Injury Claim’ Category

Medical Negligence Causing Mother’s Death During Child Birth: How Long To Claim

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Time Periods For Children To Claim For Fatal Clinical Negligence

Child Of Clinical Negligence Victim Question

My mother died at hospital whilst giving birth to me. I am 17 years old and I have only recently found out that there were some hospital errors which caused her death.

I was brought up by my grandparents – my father having passed away 6 months after my mother’s death. No claim was made at the time of my mother’s death.

Am I too late to make a claim for her death?

Clinical Negligence Solicitor Response

A claim for compensation for negligence has a statutory limitation period. This period sets out the maximum time period you have to commence a claim at court before it is too late to claim and you are statute barred.

At the time your mother died you were a baby and as such classed by law as a minor (under the age of 18 years). Usually there would be three years from the date of your mother’s death to make a clam – but as you were a minor you have three years from the date of your majority (18th birthday) to make a claim.

In other words – you have until your 21st birthday to commence a claim at court before it is too late to claim.

At 17 years of age you are still technically classed as a minor in England and Wales and as such cannot make a claim in your own right without an appropriate adult acting as a litigation friend and providing instructions on your behalf (at the age of 18 years you can provide instructions in your own right).

Please note that the age of majority varies from country to country in the UK. In England and Wales it is 18 years of age – in Scotland it is 16 years of age.

To see an article I have written explaining the three year rule in detail with exceptions to the rule – click how long to claim for personal injury.

To see the types and amounts of compensation that can be claimed as a result of negligence leading to death of an individual click fatal accident claims how much.

How to claim for fatal clinical negligence

It is important that you (or an adult who can provide instructions on your behalf, such as one of your grandparents) contact a specialist solicitor as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances surrounding your mother’s death to determine the possibility of making a fatal clinical negligence claim.

Click how long to claim for fatal clinical negligence to contact me direct to discuss making a medical negligence claim.

Fatal Accident At Work: How To Determine Settlement Amounts Wife/Child

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Find out how to determine the proportions of compensation that a wife and children are entitled to following a father’s fatal crushing work accident

Fatal work accident question

My uncle was killed at work when a lorry crushed him against a concrete pillar. He died leaving a wife and three young children. His wife claimed for compensation and was successful, but has only given his children a small amount of the compensation she had won.

I wish to ensure that the children receive their correct share of compensation from the settlement payout – is there a way I can check they have received their fair share?

Fatal accident solicitor response

Settlements for fatal accidents can be quite complicated and will have several elements to be considered, such as a bereavement loss (a sum paid for the pain and suffering for the loss of a loved one – to be divided between his wife and the children); dependency loss (an amount of compensation payable for the loss of the financial contribution made by the father – again payable to his wife and on behalf of his children typically until the age of 18 years); pain and suffering before death (if your uncle was not killed outright and survived the accident for a period before death then his estate would be entitled to compensation for his pain and suffering and other losses before death); funeral expenses (a fixed sum for his funeral expenses again payable by his estate).

His wife will no doubt have had solicitors acting in the claim who would have been under a duty to ensure that any monies paid for the children was retained in the court fund office until they reached the age of 18 years and other sums were secured correctly.

Some of the compensation monies, such as the dependency loss, could be used by the mother on the children’s behalf.

I think the best approach is for you is to contact the solicitors who had acted to view the file and have an explanation as to the agreed distribution of the compensation monies and reassess at that stage.

As you are not a party to the action you will need the authority of the mother or some form of parental responsibility for the children.

When Can Son & Daughter Access Compensation For Death Of Father In RTA?

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

UK solicitor sets out when compensation should be released to son and daughter following a road traffic accident

Road traffic accident victim question

My son and daughter were awarded compensation when their dad was killed in a road accident.

They are 12 and 13 years of age. We have been told that the compensation money will be paid into the Court Funds Office until they are aged 18 years.

Is it possible that they can get the compensation before they are 18 years old?

Road traffic accident solicitor response

Compensation monies offered on behalf of a minor (child under the age of 18 years) must be authorised and retained in court until a child reaches the age of majority (18 years).

Some money can be release before the date if an application to the court is made and the court is satisfied that money is to be used for the educational benefit of the child.

In a fatal accident there are different types of compensation which can be received. I imagine that there will be a sum for a bereavement loss – the pain and suffering for losing their father, which will always be retained by the court.

There is also likely to be a dependency claim – primarily the loss of financial support and fatherly tasks lost. Such sums might be released earlier than the age of 18 years so that the child can be supported until the age of 18 years.

This area of law is quite complex – click fatal accident claim to see the page I have written setting out all of the stages to making a claim following a fatal accident.

Click child injury claim to see the process of claiming compensation for children.

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