Fatal Injuries Claims:
Has a family member died in an accident?
If a family member or loved one has died as a result of an accident or crime which was not their fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The first requirement for such a claim being that you are a “dependent person” under Irish law. You may qualify as a dependant person by falling in to some of these categories; spouse, parent, grandparent, step parent, child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling or step sibling of the deceased.
You may also qualify as a dependent person if you have cohabited (not necessarily married) with the deceased until the date of death for a continuous period of 3 years.
Although nothing can compensate the loss of a loved one, the purpose of these claims is to ease the financial strain burdened by the dependants as a result of the fatal injury, such recoverable damages are included but not limited to financial loss, mental distress, and expenses (commonly funeral expenses etc.).
Although there may be many dependent people entitled to the claim, one such nominee known as the “personal representative “ may take the claim with the consent and on the behalf of all the dependants wishing to be involved in the matter. This is governed by section 48 of the Civil Liability Act of 1961.
If you believe you have a fatal injuries claim time is off the essence and you should notify our office as soon as possible as there may be applicable time limitations. Our office will assess the initial merits of the claim and advise you of the necessary process and steps that will follow guiding you throughout by direct contact.