An injury of any sort can have devastating and tragic consequences. Not only can health be permanently affected, but if a life is lost as a result, emotionally and financially, the world may never be the same again. If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of a fatal injury and you consider that medical negligence has caused or contributed to their death, then your life will have been turned upside down.

How can compensation help?

Although monetary compensation may be the last thing on your mind at the moment, it could help you in many ways. First of all, if you are struggling to go to work at the moment, or if your family has lost the main breadwinner, it can provide you with a breathing space from which to start the recovery process. Secondly, it will help you to start planning a future without feeling trapped in a situation that you do not want to be in.

If you have dependents, the whole family’s future is at stake. Don’t feel bad about having to deal with something like a financial claim in these exceptionally sad circumstances. Sometime in the future, you may be glad that you took this route.

The circumstances

Before you contact a claims expert, you need to be clear on the circumstances of the fatal injury. If a third party was responsible, you will have to assist your legal team to prove the claim. Dates, circumstances, witnesses, injuries, timings, safety precautions; all of these and more will be needed to prove liability against the third party, whether it is an organisation, company or individual.

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Timings apply

You have three years from the date of the fatal injury to make a claim. Medical evidence will need to be obtained. Your lawyers will be looking to prove that the other person was totally responsible for the fatal injury and what they did or didn’t do caused the death, due to some form of neglect or irresponsibility.

Don’t worry about the work involved. Your lawyer will be empathic towards your situation. They will purely take the facts from you and then you can leave them to deal with the procedure, up until the claim is settled.

Starting the claim

If you are the husband, wife or close family member of the fatally injured person, then you can commence a claim of behalf of the deceased estate.

Nothing can compensate for the loss of your loved one, but financial help may make the future a little easier going forward.

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