Fatal Accident Claims Solicitors

If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, our experienced fatal accident claims solicitors are ready to help you secure justice by holding those responsible to account.

Making a Fatal Accident Claim in Northern Ireland

A fatal accident claim — sometimes called a fatal injury claim, wrongful death claim or bereavement claim — is the process of securing compensation when somebody close to you has lost their life in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence.

If you’ve lost a loved one in such tragic and avoidable circumstances, making a fatal accident claim can help you avoid further unnecessary hardship. You may also find holding the individual or organisation responsible for the accident accountable is a helpful way of honouring your loved one and getting justice for them.

Making a fatal accident claim in Northern Ireland is usually done under the Fatal Accidents (Northern Ireland) Order 1977. This enables you to claim compensation if you’ve lost a close relative on whom you were financially dependent. You can claim for financial loss, medical care, funeral costs, pain and suffering following the wrongful death of your:

  • Husband or wife
  • Civil partner
  • Partner you’ve been living with for at least two years
  • Parent or someone you treated as a parent
  • Child or someone you treated as your child
  • Brother or sister
  • Nephew or niece

Common Fatal Accident Claim Scenarios

There are many ways in which negligence can result in a tragic loss of life and the fatality must be a result of negligence in order for a claim to be made. Some of the most common scenarios for fatal accident claims are:

Fatal Road Traffic Accidents
A loved one died because someone else was speeding, driving dangerously or driving without due care and attention. The victim may have been a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.

Medical Negligence Fatal Accidents
A medical or surgical mistake, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, or any other form of neglect by a healthcare professional led to a loved one losing their life.

Fatal Accidents at Work
Your loved one lost their life because their employee failed to provide a safe working environment. This could be due to faulty or dangerous machinery, inadequate safety equipment or training, or unsafe conditions.

Asbestos Related Fatal Accidents
Being exposed to asbestos during their career resulted in a loved one developing a fatal illness, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and other lung diseases.

Common Types of Fatal Injuries

Serious accidents can sometimes cause fatal injuries. These injuries may be fatal immediately or ultimately result in the victim dying days, weeks or even years later.

In either circumstance, such injuries can only be the subject of a fatal injury claim if they were caused by negligence.

Some common types of fatal injuries are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Asphyxiation or crushing
  • Spinal injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Electrocution
  • Loss of blood
  • Drowning
  • Burns
  • Industrial diseases

Fatal Accident Compensation for Death of Family Member

Compensation for death of a family member in Northern Ireland is usually made up of a fixed compensation amount of bereavement damages for the closest relatives, plus general and special damages that are awarded to the victim’s estate on a case-by-case basis and depending on the circumstances of the fatal accident.

Fatal accident compensation could include:

  • General Damages
    Fatal accident compensation awarded for the pain and suffering endured by your loved one.
  • Special Damages
    Compensation awarded to the estate for the pain and suffering, loss of income and financial expenses inflicted on the family because of your family member’s death.
  • Bereavement Damages
    A fixed bereavement compensation payment of £17,200 available for the spouse or civil partner of the victim, as well as the parents of any victim aged under 18.

Since the level of negligence and the circumstances around fatal accidents vary so much, it is difficult to estimate the average compensation amount for fatal accident claims in Northern Ireland.

However, the Green Book sets guidelines for fatal accident compensation payouts in different circumstances, and gives these examples:

  • Immediate unconsciousness or instant death following a fatal accident – Up to £15,000
  • Excruciating pain over months, with intrusive medical treatment – Up to £100,000

These example compensation amounts are only guidelines and do not include bereavement damages or special damages. Please get in touch with our fatal accident claims solicitors for a more accurate estimate of how much compensation you could receive.

How Our Fatal Accident Solicitors Can Help You

DA Martin Solicitors have been helping people claim fatal accident compensation in Northern Ireland since 1989.

Our experienced fatal accident claim solicitors understand the traumatic experience you’re going through and know that even talking about the death of a loved one can be difficult.

With that in mind, we offer a free consultation in which you can take your time to tell us your circumstances. We listen carefully to what you have to say, before offering transparent, no-obligation advice on the best course of action, funding options and the likely outcome of your fatal accident compensation claim.

If you decide to proceed with your claim, we will handle every aspect of it. That includes compiling and assessing evidence, completing all the paperwork and negotiating a settlement that fully reflects your loss and suffering.

Garret McCann – Fatal Accident Claim Solicitor

Garret McCann
  • Garret qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 after graduating from Queens University Belfast in Law.
  • Garret also has gained significant experience in the area of Personal Injury Law and has secured millions in damages for clients.
  • For expert legal advice call Garret on 028 9446 1509



This depends on the circumstances of the fatal accident. In some cases, we settle fatal accident claims in just six to 12 months. 

In more complex cases — particularly when the individual or company responsible for your loved one’s death denies their negligence caused the accident — a claim may take much longer to settle.

Our priority is always to secure the maximum fatal accident compensation to which you’re entitled, which takes more time in some cases than others.

You usually have three years from the date of a fatal accident in which to make a fatal accident claim in Northern Ireland. The main exceptions to this time limit are:

  • If you were under 18 at the time of the accident you can claim up to your 21st birthday.
  • If you didn’t know someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, you can claim up to three years after learning about the negligence.
  • If you don't have the mental capacity to make a claim, there is no time limit.

The cost of a fatal accident claim in Northern Ireland will vary depending on the circumstances and complexity of the case. We will seek to claim the legal fees for your fatal accident claim from the negligent party’s insurer as part of the compensation payout we negotiate.

We are happy to discuss alternative funding options with you during a free, no-obligation consultation. This could include legal aid or after the event insurance policies.

It is difficult to estimate compensation for death during a car accident because the compensation amount will depend on the circumstances of the accident.

The Green Book — which gives guideline compensation amounts in Northern Ireland — suggests up to £15,000 if the death was instant and up to £100,000 if the accident resulted in excruciating pain and medical treatment for months before death.

Please get in touch for a no-obligation consultation on your case, and our specialist fatal accident solicitors will be able to advise on likely compensation amounts.

Contact Our Fatal Accident Solicitors Today

For further information on making a fatal accident claim in Northern Ireland, contact us for a free, friendly, no-obligation consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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