Our personal injury team successfully secured compensation for the loss of a family member who was killed whilst travelling as a passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a head on collision.
We were instructed by the immediate family of the deceased to advise on the prospects of recovering damages, both for the occupants of the vehicle who had been injured in the accident, as well as the members of the family of the occupant who had been killed in the accident.
How we helped our clients
We initially engaged with the daughter of the deceased and subsequently corresponded with the third-party driver's insurers and thereafter with the insurers appointed lawyers. We represented both the surviving occupants of the vehicle as well as all the family members of the deceased. We contacted all qualifying family members and met with them to ensure we were fully advised on the nature and strength of their relationship with the deceased and what to extent they had been supported by the victim during her lifetime. This allowed us to correctly value each loss of society claim on their behalf.
As part of the process, we instructed a number of expert medical reports detailing the injuries sustained by all of those injured in the collision as well as the deceased. Given a number of the occupants of the vehicle had been seriously injured, we attended at their homes to obtain all appropriate information and thereafter organised for doctors to attend at their homes for the purposes of preparing the appropriate medical reports.
Thankfully, the insurers representing the third party were prepared at a relatively early stage, to concede liability for the accident. This concession allowed our team to focus on obtaining all appropriate information to ensure that all cases were properly valued on behalf of each client.
Having obtained all this information, we corresponded with the insurers to explore the settlement of each claim without the need for court actions to be raised. This involved extensive correspondence with the insurers and thereafter meeting with them to discuss all claims and to ensure that the insurers had all the appropriate information to be able to come to a clear view on the valuation of each of the claims.
After a number of meetings with the insurers, we were able to successfully settle each claim and to recover all legal and medical report costs incurred in the process as part of each settlement. This ensured that each and every member of the family and those injured in the accident were able to obtain 100% of the damages awarded to them. We were also able to successfully work with the insurers to ensure that settlement was achieved within the shortest time possible and without the need to raise a court action.