Nothing can compare to the heartache of losing a loved one; and when that loved one is wrenched from your life too soon, after being involved in an accident, the pain can be unbearable.

Although making a fatal accident claim is the last thing on anyone’s mind after the loss, compensation can help to ease some of the inevitable financial burdens the family will suffer – especially if the person who passed away was the breadwinner.

Our serious injury lawyers have supported many families after a tragic accident. In this fatal accident claims guide, we explain the claims process and offer further advice on how we can support you with more than just securing compensation.

How to claim compensation for the death of a family member

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We are here to support you in making a claim as soon as you are ready to talk to us. You can contact us on 0800 0 224 224 to start your claim. Our compassionate lawyers will talk you through the claims process and will then guide you every step of the way as we fight to secure you compensation and hold those responsible to account.


1. What does a fatal accident claim cover?

Our lawyers will ensure your compensation award covers:

  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Any financial losses, including loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses and administrative expenses, such as funeral costs
  • Loss of dependency

2. How long do I have to make a fatal accident claim?

In the UK, you have three years from the date of the death or from the date the fatal accident happened to make a claim. There are very few exceptions to the rule, so we recommend you contact us as soon as you are able to do so.

3. What is an average fatal accident compensation amount?

The amount of compensation awarded will depend entirely on the individual situation. Fatal accident claims are complicated, and each case is unique, but our lawyers have vast experience in fighting and winning such claims and will work hard to secure you the maximum possible settlement.

One of the claims we can make is for ‘loss of dependency’ which is a sum to recognise the extent to which a loved one was financially reliant on the person who died.

4. How much will it cost to make a claim?

If your loved one was a trade union member, you may be entitled to free legal advice and representation.

For non-trade union members, we recommend pursuing a claim on a no win no fee basis.

5. How can Thompsons Solicitors support me following a fatal accident?

We are here to help you with more than just claiming compensation. We can help by translating complicated medical and legal terminology into plain English for you and your loved ones.

We have links with charities and support groups across the UK and our lawyers will know which are the most relevant in your area and can put you in touch for emotional support. 

We also have lawyers on hand who can assist you with the probate process.

If you are ready to make a fatal accident claim, call us on 0800 0 224 224 or complete our online claim form.