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Fatal Accident Claim: Examples of when you can claim UK compensation for death caused in an accident or a criminal act

Fatal accident claim: deaths caused in an accident or a criminal endeavour can give rise to compensation claims by dependants and the deceased estate - find out what a UK fatal accident claim is, when you can claim compensation with examples of the most common types of accident in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which cause death.

What is a UK fatal accident claim?

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A UK fatal accident claim is a claim for compensation made for the death of an individual in either England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland caused in an accident or by a criminal act.

When can you claim compensation for the death of another?

For a claim to be made you must do what is known as "stand in the shoes of the deceased". In other words - if the deceased could have made a claim for injury if he had survived the accident you too can make a claim, so long as you are one of the people allowed by law to do so.

Click fatal accident compensation claim to see the page I have written explaining who is entitled to claim compensation for death of an individual.

What are common types of fatal accident claims in the UK?

There are many different types of fatal accident claim in the UK, but the most common include:

1. Fatal road traffic accidents

Click road traffic accident to find a page I have written explaining all the steps in making a road accident claim. Fatal road traffic accidents might include:

a. Fatal car accident

Due to the protection provided in modern vehicles fatal car accidents normally occur at high speeds such as on motorways. In a very serious car accident casualties might include the driver, passengers, other road users or pedestrians.

b. Fatal motorcycle accident claim

If you are a driver of a motorcycle you will know that not only are accidents more common, but also the injuries in bike accidents are often more serious.

A motorcyclist is not only much less protected from the force of an impact in a RTA than other vehicle drivers, but being smaller a bike's presence on the road is often missed.

c. Fatal truck accident

Trucks, lorries or wagons, call them what you will, are extremely large vehicles weighing many tonnes and as such the force involved in a collision can lead to serious injury and death; frequently it is the smaller vehicle involved in the RTA with the truck which will absorb the force of the collision and come off worse.

2. Fatal industrial accident claims

Some types of industrial disease once contracted can prove to be fatal - an example of this is an asbestos related disease known as mesothelioma. This type of disease can take many years to develop, but once diagnosed death can follow quickly.

Click industrial disease claim to see the page I have written explaining all about the common types of industrial disease and how to claim compensation from an employer.

3. Accidents at work causing death

Some workplace accidents occur due to an employer disregarding their employees health and safety duties. If a death at work occurs the health and safety executive should investigate the accident circumstances as well as the coroner at the deceased's inquest.

Sometimes an employer can be found criminally liable for an employee's death.

Click accident at work to see the page I have written explaining how to make a work accident claim.

4. Fatal Sports injuries

Click sport injury to see the page I have written setting out various types of sports injury and how best to make a compensation claim. In the UK some sports can be quite dangerous, such as rugby or horse riding, and can lead to a fatality to the accident victim.

5. Death by criminal act

An act of violence can cause death - in such cases a claim for criminal injury compensation should be made.

Click criminal injury to see how to make a claim for criminal injuries in the UK.

Fatal accident claim page summary

You have learned which accidents can commonly cause death in the UK and when such accidents give rise to a fatal accident claim for compensation.

Click fatal accident compensation claim to find out the types of compensation and how much you are entitled to in a UK fatal accident claim.