Fatal Accident Claims in Devon & Somerset

Most of the accident victims we deal with in Devon are lucky enough to survive. However, fatalities are not uncommon and we are experienced in dealing with the legal claims that arise.

Fatal accident cases are often complex and involve difficult emotional issues, especially for the grieving families.

Fatal accident claims are regulated by statute and in particular the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.

Claims can be made for bereavement damages, funeral and associated expenses and compensation for loss of dependency where the deceased was supporting dependants.


The statutory award of compensation for bereavement is pitifully low. As at January 2020 the statutory bereavement award is just £12,980.


Claims for loss of dependency can lead to more significant claims for compensation. Dependants may bring a claim for continued financial support based upon what they would have received had the accident victim survived. Dependants can include the surviving spouse or partner of the victim, the victim’s children or parents or anyone treated as a child, parent, grandchild or grandparent.

Dependency claims can often be complex but our Devon based solicitors are experienced in preparing detailed loss calculations. We frequently liaise with local forensic accountants in calculating financial losses, including loss of earnings.


Where we are retained to deal with a fatal accident we will represent you at coroner’s inquest. These are held at local courts throughout Devon, Somerset and beyond. The verdict of a coroner’s inquest is often highly significant in terms of a civil claim for compensation. It is therefore recommend that you involve us at the earliest possible stage so that we can use the inquset to formally raise any questions that need to be answered.

We deal with fatal accident claims on a No Win - No Fee basis.

Because we a local you can pop in to see us at any of our offices in Devon and Somerset. We also offer home visits throughout the South West to bereaved families who prefer a personal, face-to-face service but cant make it to one of our offices.

We cover the whole of Devon and Somerset and other parts of the South West region including:

Axminster, Barnstaple, Bath, Bideford, Braunton, Bristol, Brixham, Bridgwater, Chard,  Chumleigh, Crediton, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Frome,  Holsworthy, Honiton,  Ilfracombe, Kingsbridge, Lynton, Minehead, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary, Paignton, Plymouth, Sidmouth, South Molton, Taunton, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torbay, Torquay, Torrington, Truro, Weston, Yeovil and all the surrounding areas.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer the personal touch so if you would like to speak to a solicitor about making a fatal accident claim then contact us now for a confidential and free of charge consultation.

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