Wrongful death negligence claims
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Wrongful death claims in the UK can be brought by close relatives when a loved one has been killed after an accident caused by the negligence of another party.
Some examples of wrongful death negligence claims could be: if a husband is killed in an accident at work, a parent dying due to surgical errors or other cases of medical negligence, a wife losing her life in a car accident caused by another driver and so on.
The term “wrongful death” could be applied to any loss of life that occurs due to wrongful actions e.g. the neglect or negligence of another individual or organisation. The same legislation is used to govern wrongful death cases in England and Wales, while Northern Ireland and Scotland both have their own specific legislation to cover these types of cases. As wrongful death cases, and the laws that govern them, are extremely complex it is important that experienced solicitors should be consulted at the earliest opportunity.
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England and Wales wrongful death legislation
Funeral expenses claims
Scotland wrongful death legislation
Northern Ireland wrongful death legislation
How to make a claim for wrongful death
What can be claimed for in a wrongful death compensation claim?
- General damages
- Punitive damages
- Inheritance loss caused by the untimely death
- Loss of care and protection for close family members
- Pain and suffering and mental suffering
- Loss of earnings and projected earnings by the victim for the future until retirement age
- Loss of benefits because of the victims death (e.g. disability payments, medical coverage, pension etc…)
How much compensation for wrongful death in the UK?
|Death||£12,500*||£300,000* Or More|
|Funeral Costs||Different Types of Funerals||£3,000*||£10,000* Or More|
|Punitive Damages||£1,000*||£275,000* Or More|
|Pain and suffering||Every type of victims pain suffering is unique and a lot can be agonizing pain.||£1,000*||£200,000* Or More||This can be calculated by the amount of pain and how long the pain lasted for.|
|Loss of benefits caused by the victim’s death Pensions etc.||£5,000*||£500,000* Or More||Each Pension can be worth a different amount.|
|Loss of victim’s anticipated earnings calculated by future earnings.||£10,000*||£400,000*||The amount of compensation would be calculated using the victims wages.|
|Loss of care, protection, companionship for the family members.||In cases many family members have been dependent on the deceased victim.||£2,000*||£100,000* Or More.|