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Claiming compensation for fatal accidents

Nothing compares to losing a loved one. Learning to live with a passing is among the most difficult things any of us will ever have to face. Our sensitive, experienced solicitors are highly experienced at helping families claim compensation they need to cover costs and move forward, with the minimum amount of stress.
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How compensation can help

No amount of compensation can relieve the pain that comes with such an awful event. However, anything that can relieve your financial stresses will allow you more time to be with your family and grieve.

Compensation for death in a car accident – or any unexpected incident – gives you resources and options you will probably need.

If a fatal accident has taken your loved one from you, we can support and guide you through the process of claiming the compensation. Using our expertise we will do our best to lift some of the burden in the short and long term.

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Who can make a fatal accident claim?

When you are financially dependent upon the deceased, their passing is even more traumatic. In this situation a successful compensation claim will provide some financial independence.

By law, any of the following people are allowed to make a fatal accident claim:

  • A wife or husband of the deceased, or former wife or husband
  • A civil partner, or former civil partner
  • A parent or ascendant
  • A child or descendant (including non-blood related children such as step-children from marriage)
  • A brother, sister, aunt, or uncle

If you are not sure if you can make a fatal accident claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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What does compensation cover?

Unlike most other claims for compensation, a fatal accident claim awards compensation in two parts:

The first amount takes into account the pain suffered by the deceased in the time between the accident and the time of death. This sum also covers funeral costs and any financial costs incurred during this time.

The second sum is calculated from the time of death and could compensate for the following:

  • Childcare costs
  • Cost of tasks or services performed by the deceased e.g. childcare, DIY and housework
  • Counselling services
  • Household expenses
  • Loss of benefits or pension rights
  • Loss of income to family dependents
  • Probate costs
  • Financial contributions

It also considers the financial contributions typically made by the deceased to take care of the family.

In such circumstances, money seems of little importance compared to the people that you love. Any compensation awarded, however, could be invaluable in helping you rebuild your life and live it to the full.

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Fatal accident claim support

Over time we’ve taken on many clients who have been put in the tragic position of making a fatal accident claim.

If you choose to make a claim for the loss of your loved one, we promise to do our very best to get you the compensation you deserve. We’ll take care to ensure that the process doesn’t add stress or complication to an already difficult time. 

Sympathetic advice and guidance

You can trust us to always be compassionate and respectful of your current circumstances.

All our clients are afforded the time, attention and sensitivity they need. As soon as you are ready to discuss how to move forward, get in touch with our professional friendly team.

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Our Fees

AWH Solicitors supports clients with their personal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that as a client, you won’t put yourself at any financial risk.

If your case isn’t successful you don’t pay a penny.

We promise that our clients will never come across any hidden costs when filing personal injury claims.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

No-win, no-fee and legal expenses

Our no-win, no-fee solicitors in Manchester regularly assess the prospects of winning your case at all stages of your claim.

If we are able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement for your claim, you will not have to pay our legal costs, however, if you lose your claim you may have to pay your opponent’s legal costs.

Legal expenses insurance, which is often provided with some motor insurance policies, can be used to pay your opponent’s legal fees. To protect you, we take out a legal expenses insurance policy for you when taking on your no-win, no-fee claim, if you do not already have a policy.

Disbursements for legal costs

If you win, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs and disbursements.

Any legal costs which are not paid by your opponent may be deducted from your compensation. However, you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful and not until it has come to the end.

Our Promise to You

  • Friendly, personal legal services Friendly, personal legal services

    We promise that our approachable solicitors will provide you with a genuinely personal service that puts your needs first. Our team of experts are always on hand to give you support when you need it.

  • Award-winning service in our fields of expertise Award-winning service in our fields of expertise

    We pride ourselves in offering the highest standards of service across each of our legal departments. Regardless of your situation, we promise to provide you with the very best legal advice.

  • Advice tailored to your needs Advice tailored to your needs

    We promise to listen to your needs and offer the right guidance for your situation.

    There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.

  • Outstanding customer service and care Outstanding customer service and care

    Our excellent reputation is built on our exceptional level of client care.

    Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

  • Transparent fees and processes Transparent fees and processes

    Transparency is very important to us. We promise to provide you with total Transparencyrency on fees, so you know exactly what you are paying for. We’ll also make sure you’re kept updated on the progress of your case every step of the way.

  • Approachable and friendly solicitors

What our clients are saying about us

9.1/10
We received an average 9.1 out 10 based on 224 reviews.
Stacey, Trustpilot

Very pleased with how fast my claim was settled. Very nice people always at the end of the phone when i wanted to ask questions on my.claim. would deffo use this company again. Matthew was brill very friendly and reliable.

Lloyd, Trustpilot

Very pleased with the service I have received, communication has been maintained throughout. Happy with the outcome of my case.

Sandip, Trustpilot

It's always been a pleasant experience using their services. I felt highly comfortable and confident whenever they dealt with my cases in terms of correspondence, communication and performance. I highly regard their services.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

  • Contact us Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
  • Meet an expert Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
  • We get to work We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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