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Home > News > Fatal accident compensation for widow

14th December 2009

Fatal accident compensation for widow

Our client’s husband was an overhead line worker. He suffered a serious accident at work when the basket in which he and 2 colleagues were travelling, detached itself and they fell from a height of approximately 20 feet onto the ground below. He was taken to hospital and underwent detailed examination, including x-ray and CT scan, but tragically died 3 weeks later.

His widow asked for our fatal injury compensation claim advice and went on to ask us to represent her in bringing a claim for accident compensation for the loss of her husband, on behalf of herself and his estate.

Injuries suffered in the accident at work

The scan had revealed that he had suffered multiple fractures of the vertebrae and his spinal cord had been severed. He and his family were advised that his condition was unlikely to change and that he would be paraplegic.

They were advised that he was too unwell to undergo surgery to attempt to correct the spinal cord injury. At that stage, he was suffering chest pains, nausea and was in considerable pain from his other injuries, which included several fractured ribs. Over the next few days, her husband’s condition deteriorated and he developed septicaemia and renal failure. Sadly, he died 3 weeks after the accident at work.

Causes of the accident at work

The defendant, his employer, admitted liability for the work accident and subsequently their employee’s tragic death, and admitted that they had failed to provide him with a safe place of work, or to provide and maintain equipment that was fit for purpose. It was later found that the basket had detached itself due to a defective weld.

Accident at work compensation

Acting for the widow, our specialist fatal accident at work lawyer first secured an interim payment to assist with the immediate financial difficulties. She was subsequently able to negotiate over £200,000 in accident at work compensation for the husband’s suffering and our client's loss. This was based on our client being a dependant of the deceased and the future earnings lost due to his untimely death.

Making a fatal accident compensation claim

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of accident at work compensation claims, including those that sadly result in a fatality. Whether an accident at work was due to negligence on the part of an employer, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident compensation claim.

Clear Answers' solicitors will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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