LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2013) - Due to increased Health and Safety provisions within the market, industrial fatal injuries nowadays are actually quite rare and gradually declining. Nevertheless, employees are still passing away as a result of accidents in the workplace. In 2010-11 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recorded 489 fatal accidents in industry. When such tragic events occur they have devastating consequences for those left behind. There are laws in place that protect the families and estate of those who tragically lose their lives. In circumstances of such bereavement, the family can find the situation is worsened due to the financial burden of losing a bread winner.
Certain industries are more prone to fatal accidents due to the nature of their work. Families with members working in these industries should be aware of the measures that may offer them support in the event of a fatal accident occurring.
The whole service sector gave rise to the most deaths, 352 people which accounted for 72% of the national total figure. This figure is explained by the fact that services include railway incidents reported to the Office of Rail regulation. 250 deaths were of members of the public in incidents on the railways, including suicide or trespass. The single industry with the most deaths is still construction with 52 deaths in 2010-2011, including 2 members of the public.
Accident claims can be brought by the deceased's estate, a direct family member or a financial dependant of the deceased. There are two parts to a fatality claim, firstly the deceased's claim. This would be the pain and suffering caused to the deceased between the injury sustained and the time of death. For example if the deceased had suffered severe injuries in an accident but did not pass away until a few days later then a claim can be made for the pain and suffering during that time. If the deceased died instantly then no compensation for pain and suffering can be awarded. The deceased's personal belongings for example, mobile phones, clothing and other damaged items can also be included in the claim.
The second part of the claim is the dependents claim. If the deceased was the main breadwinner, partners and dependents can claim for the support they would have received had the person still been alive.
Compensation can also be obtained for actual losses such as costly funeral expenses and in some cases an entitlement to a bereavement award can be paid to the deceased's parents, children or partner which at present is in the sum of £11,800.
Personal Injury solicitors will be best placed to achieve compensation for the loss of a loved one and to ensure financial security for those they left behind. First Personal Injury have a wealth of experience dealing with these types of claim and are on hand to assist you with all aspects of your claim with compassion and understanding.
About First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury was up until the end of 2012, and for 5 years prior to that, a trading name for Jefferies Solicitors Limited.
First Personal Injury now comprises of 14 solicitors firms from around the country.
First Personal Injury has a wealth of experience in dealing with personal injury matters such as medical negligence and the work accident claim process, amongst others and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
For further information, to use online tools such as the work accident compensation calculator, or to find out if you can make a claim, please contact First Personal Injury free and confidentially at www.firstpersonalinjury.co.uk or on 0800 014 1629.