Fatal Accidents

Making a fatal accident claim

We understand that it is hard enough dealing with a death in the family without the added strain of having to cope with making a fatal accident claim. This is particularly so if it is the main breadwinner in the family who has died and there are immediate financial pressures. If you do find yourself in this situation please contact us straightaway so that we can help to relieve you of some of the burden.

When there is an accidental death as a result of negligence there are two possible claims:

  • for the personal injuries and losses which the victim suffered before they died
  • under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976

We have many years experience of dealing with fatal accident claims and in particular those arising from car accidents. We recognise the need to deal with these cases compassionately yet professionally. As these claims often involve complex calculations of what the deceased would have gone on to earn had they lived it is vital that you instruct experts, like Hart Brown, who really know what they are doing.

If you need help with getting a grant of probate or dealing with the deceased’s estate our team of Trusts and Estates lawyers will also be able to help you.

To speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer who can help with a fatal accident claim or any other type of personal injury claim contact us now by calling, emailing or requesting a callback.

Who to contact

Gerard Sanders

Partner, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Partner, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Gerard Sanders

Gerard qualified with a large regional firm in 1991. Since 1995 he has specialised exclusively on claimant personal injury work. More recently he has focused on complex higher value clinical negligence and personal injury claims.

His greatest success has been winning the high profile case of Delaney-v-The Secretary of State for Transport where after almost 9 years of litigation involving two Court of Appeal hearings and an application to the Supreme Court he was finally able to establish that the Motor Insurers’ Bureau Agreement was incompatible with EEC law. As a direct result of the decision in this case the agreement has had to be amended to the benefit of many future victims of uninsured drivers.

Gerard is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and he appears in the latest Legal 500 rankings in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.

Gerard’s other professional qualifications include a Diplome D’Etudes Juridiques Francaises from Strasbourg University.

Mark Wisby

Associate, Clinical Negligence

Associate, Clinical Negligence

Mark Wisby

Mark is an Associate Solicitor specialising in clinical negligence and serious injury claims.

Mark’s role is to investigate allegations of negligence including at inquests to try and get his clients any additional help they may need and to recover for them the compensation they deserve. He guides his clients carefully through the litigation and alternative dispute resolution process always setting out clearly what the options are and which is the best one.

He has over 30 years’ experience of working for both claimants and defendants including working on secondment for a number of insurers dealing with employers’ liability, public liability, product liability and road traffic accident claims. He has over that time recovered substantial damages for his many clients including over £3 million for one of them.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and qualified at the Inns of Court Temple as a solicitor in 2004.

Mark really listens to what his clients want to achieve and will always tries to ‘go the extra mile’ to secure a successful outcome.

What do Mark's clients say?

"...thank you so very much for handling my case and getting me an unexpected outcome even with its complexity! The settlement has afforded me to cut my hours and afford to take early retirement..."

"A huge thank you for all of your guidance and support. Throughout you have been patient, explaining everything, never offering false hope, always approachable. We can now move forward..."

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for all the hard work you have done for me... I really appreciate it and wasn't expecting anywhere near the final figure, all due thanks to you!"

"Thank you for all your efforts in sorting out my personal injury claim... I also thank you for your clear and concise explanation of legal speak which is hard to understand. All of my meetings with you were productive and interesting and you kept me well informed throughout."

Morag Lewis

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Morag Lewis

Morag joined Hart Brown in December 2018 as Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department. Morag assists the Partners and Solicitors with their varied caseloads and she has acquired considerable experience in advising and assisting clients across a wide range of disputes, both in the High Court and County Court.

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