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A Fatal Injury occurs where a person dies due to the wrongful act of another. This is often as a result of a road traffic accident, medical negligence or a work place accident, but there are also other less common causes.
In the case of a fatal injury, the dependent of the deceased is entitled to make a claim for compensation. The dependent is usually the surviving spouse or immediate family of the deceased. There can be two aspects of a fatal injury claim, financial loss (including funeral expenses) and mental distress.
Financial loss can include:
- Financial suffering that may have an impact on any dependents of the deceased e.g.loss of earnings to the household.
- Funeral expenses, including the cost of burial / cremation, headstone, acknowledgment cards, travelling expenses etc.
Making a claim
The Mental Distress (also known as solatium) caused by the loss of a loved one can also be compensated for. While no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, it can ease the financial burden during this difficult time.
At legal.ie we understand the devastating impact of losing a loved one and we work hard to alleviate any extra stress which may be experienced. Our expert solicitors can relieve some of the burden for you and liaise with any State Agencies and actuaries which may be relevant to the claim. We also look after the lodging of the Fatal Injury claim with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) on your behalf.
This is where all Fatal Injuries must initially be lodged and you can read more about this process here if you wish.
If you would like to discuss bring a fatal injury claim please get in contact with us today and one of our expert solicitors will advise you.