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Our solicitors at Fieldfisher specialise in fatal accident claims

If you have suffered a bereavement because a loved one has died as a result of medical negligence, the financial dependants of the deceased may be able to make a claim for the loss of financial support resulting from the death.

We understand that you are going through a very traumatic time and we will do everything possible to make the claim stress free and simple.

We have particular focus on high value dependency claims. Our lawyers expertly apply the law relating to fatal accidents with gathering the best evidence to recover substantial damages for the loved ones left behind.

We are specialists  in cases where the deceased was a high earning individual with complex financial affairs.  We have been successful in many high profile claims and have secured substantial compensation for our clients.

As well as financial dependency, we quantify the loss of services the deceased would have provided to his family.

We may also be able to arrange for you to be represented by a barrister at an Inquest.


Call Freephone 0800 358 3848

If you think you, or a member of your family has suffered due to the negligence of medical professionals, our specialist team of solicitors can help you recover the compensation that you and your family deserve, Call us today or start your claim online and we will call you back.


Who can claim?

A ‘dependant’ is defined as:

  • A wife, husband, ex-wife,or ex-husband of the deceased
  • A civil partner or former civil partner of the deceased (who had been living with the deceased for at least 2 years)
  • A child of the deceased
  • Any person (not being a child of the deceased) who was treated by the deceased as a child of the family
  • A parent of the deceased
  • A sibling, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or cousin of the deceased.


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What can you claim?

You can claim damages under 2 separate Acts:

Under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, you can claim:

  1. Pain, suffering and loss of amenity (from the date of injury to the date of death)
  2. Special damages (from the date of injury up to the date of death) including loss or earnings, medical expenses and treatment, damage to clothing and property, care (professional or gratuitous) and travel expenses.
  3. Funeral expenses
  4. Probate fees
  5. One-off expenses and losses


Under the Fatal Accidents Act, you can claim:

  1. A statutory bereavement award;
  2. A dependency claim for the financial losses suffered by the dependants of the deceased;
  3. A claim for the funeral expenses, if paid by the dependants.


Statutory Bereavement Award

If the deceased was your wife, husband or child (under the age of 18) at the date of death, you are eligible for a fixed sum of £12,980. This is paid in addition to any dependency claim.


Contact us

If you believe you have a fatal accidents claim, please contact our medical negligence team for free No Win No Fee advice.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including legal aid and no win, no fee.


  1. You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848

  2. e-Mail us at or,

  3. Complete our short enquiry form.


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