Fatal Injury Claims

Dealing with the death of someone close to you is always hard, but it is even harder if they die as a result of an accident that wasn’t their fault. Making a fatal injury claim on their behalf might not make the hurt go away, but it can be an important step towards putting things straight.

If someone close to you suffered personal injury as a result of an injury that wasn’t their fault and subsequently died from it, you may well be able to make a fatal injury claim at an inquest.

Making such a claim might be the last thing on your mind, but if you are successful in obtaining compensation on behalf of the deceased, it could help you take care of practical concerns. For instance, if someone dies and leaves behind a partner and a young family, there is a need to provide for the children and so making a fatal injury claim can be a sensible step.

Fatal Injury Claims common causes

Fatal injury claims arise from a range of incidents and accidents including:

• Accidents at work

• Fatal road traffic accidents

• Industrial disease

• Death caused by an accident on holiday

• Medical negligence, such as during a surgical procedure, that leads to the death of a patient.

• Deaths in a hospital

• Nursing home deaths

Fatal Injury Claims – time limits

It is important to note that there is a time limit to making a fatal injury claim, which is 3 years from the date of the person’s death. This might seem like a relatively long time but it is important that you seek advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to get the process underway and start collecting supporting evidence.


Often in this type of claim, an inquest will be held into the case to determine the cause of death. The coroner, who presides over the inquest, is likely to call witnesses to testify on both sides of the case. This is usually the first part of the process; if the coroner rules that the other party caused the accident that led to the person’s death, you will then be able to pursue your fatal injury claim. The purpose of an inquest is to determine what was the cause of death but inquests never establish questions of blame.

Our inquest service

Bonallack and Bishop are one of just 15 law firms on the specialist Inquest Legal Services Panel run by AVMA (Action against Medical Accidents), the nationwide patient justice charity.

We provide a specialist Inquest advice and representation service for those families who have lost a loved one, and where the Coroner has decided that there is need for an Inquest. The service goes all the way from initial legal advice right through to representing you at an inquest hearing held anywhere in Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Somerset.

Lost a loved one?Thinking of making a Fatal Injury Claim? Contact our team today

For FREE phone advice and a FREE first appointment with sympathetic solicitors who specialise in compensation claims that follow a fatal accident;

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