If you have suffered the tragic loss of a family member, you have our deepest sympathies. We know how overwhelming a death in the family can be—and how the grief is multiplied if the death was caused by someone else’s negligence.
The truth is that many fatal accidents are entirely preventable—including those sustained in car accidents, in the workplace, or as the result of a disease. If someone you love suffered a fatal accident in the West of Scotland, we will guide you through your claim with the utmost respect to your grief and privacy. We perform a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the incident and work toward the best possible resolution. Contact us today by calling 0800 009 6953 or complete our online enquiry form to set up a no-obligation chat with a lawyer.
Wrongful Deaths Are Usually Caused by Negligence
Negligence comes in many forms and may occur in a second or two of distraction or after years of allowing a dangerous condition to continue without correction. From a driver using a mobile phone to a fellow employee drinking on the job, fatal injuries can usually be traced back to something which shouldn’t have been done or a simple precaution that wasn’t taken.
Negligent actions have led to fatal injuries for victims of:
- Road traffic accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Cycling accidents
- Bus accidents
- Accidents at work
- Construction site accidents
When fatal accidents occur, family members such as spouses, parents, and children are entitled to make a claim for grief and sorrow as well as any financial or economic loss caused by the death. Even though you and your family members are the wronged party in these cases, you will still have to show proof of negligence in order to obtain compensation. Our legal team takes over this burden on your behalf, examining every detail of the incident to determine liability and establish a link between the death and the at-fault party’s negligence.
What Families Need to Know About Fatal Accident Inquiries
If someone you love dies in circumstances that are suspicious, unexplained, or give rise to a serious public concern, a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) may take place. Our lead lawyer Ronnie Conway specialises in representing family members in FAIs (such as the George Square Bin Lorry FAI), giving them a voice at a harrowing and stressful time.
An FAI is a fact-finding exercise performed to protect the public interest and prevent similar tragedies occurring in the future. The purpose of an FAI is to determine:
- Where and when the death took place
- The cause of death
- Reasonable precautions that could have been taken to avoid the death (or to avoid similar deaths in the future)
- The defect, if any, in any system of working which contributed to the death
- Any other relevant factors
Although an FAI can be extremely helpful in preventing future deaths, it may not provide a great deal of comfort to struggling or grieving family members. If your loved one’s death is the subject of an FAI, we can represent you during proceedings to get your questions answered and help you make your views heard.
Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Strive to Help Families Move Forward After a Wrongful Death
Conway Accident Law is built on personalised, compassionate service for each of our clients. No matter what your objectives are, we will always act in your best interests, be on hand to guide you every step of the way, and help you get both the compensation and peace of mind you need to put this tragedy behind you.
Our lawyers can assist after a wrongful death by:
- Answering your questions. Everyone has different concerns, goals, and challenges following the loss of a loved one. We use our extensive legal experience to get the answers you need, including gathering evidence of the circumstances preceding the injury and ensuring that your family will continue to be provided for in the future.
- Preventing further financial losses. The loss of an income provider can place financial as well as emotional burdens on surviving family members. We help ease these hardships by sharing the risk of the case, paying court fees out of our own pockets until we secure compensation—and our “no-win, no-fee” pledge means that you will not have to pay any lawyer fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
- Protecting you from the media. A high profile death case can attract significant media and press interest—placing further pressure on relatives who need time to grieve and heal. We do not engage with the media unless it is directly in our clients’ interests to do so and will advise clients on their options when it comes to engaging or interacting with the media.
With over three decades of experience working exclusively for claimants, we know how to negotiate an appropriate outcome after a wrongful death. However, the more time we have to investigate your claim, the better your chances of recovering compensation. If you have questions after a loved one’s death, call us today or fill out our enquiry form to set up your no-obligation conversation with a member of our legal team.