The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations in life we have to face, and the thought of bringing a claim for compensation at this time is a difficult one.
You may be considering a claim following the loss of a partner, parent or child. You or somebody else may have been dependent upon that person and it is important that you receive the right advice before making a claim.
Poole Alcock Solicitors specialise in handling injury claims following serious and fatal accidents and can explain all the relevant options available to you.
If you were financially dependent on the deceased, you can claim for loss of financial support, provided you can prove that you relied on the deceased and their financial support would have continued had the deceased lived. Those who are entitled to claim are limited and broadly include a spouse or civil partner, a cohabitee, parents, grandparents, brother, sister or uncle of the deceased and their children.
For a widow with young children, the compensation is calculated by reference to the annual value of dependency that the deceased provided. For example, mortgage payments, housekeeping money, utility costs, school fees, holidays and clothes for dependents would be taken into account.
A spouse or civil partner of the deceased or the parents or a mother of a child under 18 years can also claim bereavement damages.
If you decide to instruct us to act on your behalf then we will endeavour to progress the claim quickly and efficiently with a view to avoiding any additional and unnecessary distress at this difficult time.
Court proceedings must normally be commenced within 3 years of the date of the accident. However, if a person should die at a later date as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, then the 3 year time limit will run from the date of death.
If court proceedings are not commenced within the 3 year period then the claim will be out of time. Although a court does have the discretion to allow court proceedings to be commenced and to continue after the 3 year period has expired this must not, and cannot, be relied on.
The 3 year period is different if, for example, the person who sustained injury was under 18 years of age at the time of the injury. A member of our team will be happy to discuss with you how this will impact on the claim.
If your claim has reasonable prospects of success then we will be happy to act for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. We will make enquiries to ensure ‘No Win, No Fee’ is appropriate to you. We will be happy to discuss other funding options with you.
If a loved one has died following an accident which was caused by a third party, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist injury team. We will be happy to help and provide free initial advice.
There is no obligation to make a claim – you decide whether or not you wish to go ahead.
Poole Alcock’s personal injury department is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.
I just wanted to say many thanks for everything you have done for Peter when he was alive.
And your kindness when Peter passed away.
Many Thanks for everything
Poole Alcock were the first solicitors I contacted when I was looking around and Anna Burns was the first person I spoke to. As soon as I had that initial contact with Anna I knew I had made th right choice. Anna’s calm, reassuring manner instantly put me at ease and she was just amazing throughout ther whole process. Anna met my late father on two occasions and dad was very impressed by her professionalism and friendly nature and it took a lot to impress dad!
Thank you Anna for everything you did for us!
It really does seem such a long time ago, that I first came to see you….its been such a long road!
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for everything you have done and for the way you have treated me.
I thank you for always believing in me and for the empathic professional way that that you have dealt with everything. I always felt safe and had confidence in that everything you did was in my best interests.
It was like sharing all my worries except that for me, I didn’t have half the share because you took more than that guiding me through this whole process and for that I will be eternally grateful. Without a doubt I would recommend anyone in a similar position to come to you.
My late husband was really happy with the service you provided and I would like to thank you for making it easier for me after he passed away.
Many thanks for all your help the past few months in finally settling my case. Your help and support has been much appreciated and I’m so glad it is now at an end.
For all your kindness to us over the past 3 years (nearly) and we are very grateful for the settlement. Take care and thanks once again.
Poole Alcock were my first choice of solicitors and throughout my claim from start to finish Anna Burns was so supportive to me. She showed me a great deal of empathy due to the nature of my claim. I feel we built an excellent professional relationship and Anna was always available to speak to if I needed to ask any questions. On the rare occasions that I could not reach Anna, all of the supporting staff at Poole Alcock were equally supportive and helpful. The claim ran as smooth and as stress free as it possibly could and I was always well informed of any changes or upcoming appointments. I would highly recommend Poole Alcock.
Thank you for everything Anna. I literally could not have got through all of this without you and all your support.
Mrs Coppenhall handled our request professionally. Efficient with no unnecessary disruption to ourselves with an excellent result. Thank you!
Many thanks to Georgina Coppenhall for her prompt and efficient service.
Thank you Andrew thanks for all your hard work and the team we really appreciate it.
I just want to thank you sincerely for the excellent manner in which you dealt with my recent personal injury claim and to say and to say how surprised and pleased I was with the result.
Thank you again for your help and kindness.
A very big thank you and my appreciation and best wishes for all your hard work and dedication in my case for compensation.
5 Star service. I would highly reccommend Anna Burns.
Thank you for your hard work in reaching a settlement in the claim following the death of my late husband. The final sum far exceeded what I’d imagined it would be.
Again my thanks.
I should like to thank you for your excellent service throughout the progress of my claim; you have been very personable and professional. More specifically, you very quickly got to grips with the detail of my accident, which allowed you to form a very accurate opinion of the eventual outcome. I appreciated not only your advice, but also your willingness to be guided by my objectives. The fact that the defendant made an offer so quickly, and at a level you had intimated to be a reasonable expectation at the outset, is testament to your expertise. Finally, your pleasant manner made the whole process painless and even enjoyable!
5 Star service. I would highly reccommend Anna Burns.
I would like to thank you most sincerely for the way you have sensitively handled every aspect of my case, particularly in light of the difficulty I encountered for the first few months.