Losing someone close to you in a fatal accident is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. We understand how difficult this time will be for you and your family, and that making a claim* may feel uncertain and intimidating. Often in fatal accident cases, claiming against the party responsible for the death of your loved one can bring some sense of closure. They may admit liability and offer a sincere apology.
Whilst nothing can compensate you for your loss, if you wish to obtain legal advice on your position, Boyce Kelly Solicitors LLP is here to assist you.
Making a Fatal Accident Claim*
Fatal accident injury claims* in Ireland follow a specific process and have different rules from any other type of Personal Injury Claim*.
Who can bring a fatal accident claim*?
In Ireland, a fatal accident claim* is brought by one nominated party on behalf of everyone who may be entitled to make a claim*. Any dependants of the deceased may bring a claim*, and there is no hierarchy in terms of who has ‘the most right’. Therefore, the first person to initiate a fatal accident claim* does so on behalf of all parties. There is no need for agreement on this matter – any party can proceed of their own accord.
A court must rule on all fatal accident cases and, as such, the court will oversee the fair distribution of compensation regardless of who brings the claim*.
What Does a Fatal Accident Compensation Claim* Cover?
Fatal accident compensation* covers a broad range of matters, including:
In law, this is known at solatium and is capped at 35,000 euros. Solatium is designed not to be compensation* for grief, but an acknowledgement of your suffering.
Claims* for loss
- Loss of services that were provided to a dependent by the deceased
- Loss of financial support since the accident
- Loss of future financial support before retirement
- Loss of future financial support after retirement
- Accelerated value of deductible assets passing on death
This includes any usual funeral costs for burial or cremation, including things such as cards and travelling expenses.
Contact our Fatal Accident Claims* Personal Injury* Solicitors in Carrigart and Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
A fatal accident claim* is the most severe type of Personal Injury Claim*, and involves a legal action following the death of a loved one. While no amount of compensation can ever replace the person you have lost, it can go some way to helping relieve some of the financial burden you might have. Our solicitors understand the devastation you will be feeling and will do everything possible to make the process of bringing a claim as straightforward as possible.
We have offices in Carrigart, and we regularly help clients across Donegal, including Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Carndonagh, Dungloe, Gweedore and Killybegs. To discuss your fatal accident case, call us today on 0749890190 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.
*In contentious business, a legal practitioner shall not charge any amount in respect of legal costs expressed as a percentage or proportion of any damages (or other moneys) that may become payable to his or her client or purport to set out the legal costs to be charged to a junior counsel as a specified percentage or proportion of the legal costs paid to a senior counsel. A legal practitioner shall not without the prior written agreement of his or her client deduct or appropriate any amount in respect of legal costs from the amount of any damages or moneys that become payable to the client in respect of legal services that the legal practitioner provided to the client.
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