Claims arising from the death of a loved one can be the hardest to face. No amount of money can compensate for such a loss.
In many cases, those who are bereaved will want the guilty party punished for their actions. The civil claim does not have this effect.
There are also limitations to what can be claimed for arising from a death, and the people who can make a claim. There are essentially three types of claim that can be made:
A claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate for losses suffered. This will include such things as funeral expenses (if paid for by the estate), damage to any property (such as a bike or car that was damaged in the incident) etc.
Bereavement compensation. This is compensation set by statute and is a fixed sum, currently £12,180.
Unfortunately, the statute also limits those who can claim these sums to a wife or husband of the deceased, or the parents if the deceased was a child under 18. However there is a recent court decision which may open up the possibility for long term co-habitants/common law partners.
- Dependency: where the deceased has left people who were financially dependent upon the deceased’s income from work or a pension.
This is only a brief summary of the things that can be claimed, and it is important that your claim is discussed in depth to ensure that all of the relevant factors have been taken into account.