Fatal accident claims can be very complicated and follow on from often a traumatic event. At Hubbard Pegman and Whitney we are experienced in dealing with bereaved families and have many years of experience and expertise in this area. Our lawyers are able to guide you through this difficult area and have access to leading experts and Counsel..

The ability to bring a claim for a fatal accident is derived from two statutes; The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 and the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.


The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934

This claim may be brought for the benefit of the deceased person’s estate. It would allow a claim to be advanced for pain and suffering if the deceased had suffered between the negligent act and death. Past losses will also be included which would cover care costs, loss of earnings, aides and such like. Funeral expenses could also be brought under this Act.

The Fatal Accidents Act 1976

If someone you were financially dependent upon dies you may experience a loss of financial dependency and this may crystallise very quickly. When colliding with what is often a tragic bereavement, this can be a very difficult time. Often there are various relatives who may be experiencing a loss of dependency. One claim needs to be brought to bring all of those claims together. Our experienced team can assist you considering who may be able to bring such a claim, this is often a widow or children but sometimes other people as well such as elderly parents. We can help consider all these different people and the relationship they had with the deceased. We will also be able to consider who should act and instruct the firm on behalf of children who find themselves without a parent for example.

What sort of claims have we dealt with at Hubbard Pegman and Whitney?

We have acted in relation to people who have died in;

  • Medical accidents
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work

If you need to consider whether you would wish to bring a claim you may wish to talk this through with a solicitor.


Most cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement. We will discuss this with you and let you know if we can offer one in your circumstances.

A firm with an experienced Private Client Department

It is often necessary to apply for a Grant of Probate to deal with claims such as these. We work closely with our experienced probate department who can assist with this aspect of the claim. This means you do not need to go to another firm.

Please get in touch with the team at Hubbard Pegman and Whitney who will be able to help you work out the next steps

Please call Charlotte Pegman for a friendly chat on: 0208 735 9776 email Address: cip@hpwsolicitors.co.uk

or Melanie Neale on 0208 735 9774 email Address : mn@hpwsolicitors.co.uk


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