The term “wrongful death” relates to any situation where a fatality has occurred and it could have been prevented if somebody else had paid due care and attention. At a time when a loved one or family member has suffered a wrongful death, claiming compensation from the party responsible for the fatality may not be foremost in your mind. But it is something which will have to be addressed if the victim of the wrongful death was the major income provider for a family, a mother who has left children that now need to be cared for or an adult who was maybe supporting elderly relatives.
No amount of money will ever bring a loved one back, but by making a compensation claim for wrongful death you can at least ensure that the pecuniary support that has been lost (or that is now required) is replaced, and that you and your family are financially secure. You may also have incurred expenses due to medical and funeral costs, and had to take an unexpected absence from work – costs which can all be reclaimed in a compensation claim for wrongful death.
Claiming Compensation for a Wrongful Death
Compensation claims for wrongful death are dealt with initially by the Injuries Board Ireland. However, the application form when claiming compensation for wrongful death has to be completed comprehensively to ensure that you receive a fair and adequate amount of compensation. At a time when you may still be grieving for the loss of a loved one, this is a task that would be better accomplished with the assistance of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor.
A solicitor will be able to advise you on the best ways to proceed with a claim for wrongful death compensation and help with procedures should the negligent party deny liability for the wrongful death or claim that the victim contributed to his fatality by his own negligence. Furthermore, should the negligent party´s insurance company approach you with an offer of early settlement, a solicitor will be able to assess whether the offer represents an appropriate amount – again, all situations that you may not feel strong enough to cope with yourself when grieving for a loved one.
To help explain more about issues such as these, we have established a free advice telephone service which you are invited to call and speak with one of our experienced solicitors. When you call 1800 989 995, you will be able to discuss your personal circumstances and those surrounding the death of your loved one with somebody who understands your grief but who will remain impartial in assessing your eligibility to claim compensation for a wrongful death.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice telephone service, we will understand that you may still be suffering from your personal loss and will need to take your time to explain your situation and the circumstances surrounding your loved one´s wrongful death.
The details we need to know are how the fatality occurred, what actions could have been taken to prevent it and what impact this terrible event has had on your life. Any other information that you care to share with us is welcome, and will help us to assess your eligibility to claim compensation for a wrongful death.
How easy or difficult the claim will be to process will depend on the time that has elapsed since the event that caused the wrongful death and the acknowledgement of the responsible party´s liability. We will advise you if either of these issues is potentially going to cause a problem and what can be done about them.
We tend to conclude each conversation with a list of options that are available to you in respect of your wrongful death compensation claim. You may wish to consider these for a few days and discuss them with family and friends and, if these discussions raise further questions, you are more than welcome to call us again.
Even if you are unsure about what action to take following the wrongful death of a loved one, please call our free advice line to find out what you are actually entitled to claim for. The number you should call is 1800 989 995, and if it is an inconvenient time to speak with us right now, please leave your contact details, together with a suitable time at which we may call, in the call-back form below.
We are sorry for your loss, but will do everything in our powers to ease the financial trauma you may now be experiencing.