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.