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Category: Criminal Defence

Published: 21 April 2020

Fatal Road Traffic Accident


If a close relative dies as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to a monetary award. 

The Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 was introduced to clarify the types of award and who can claim when a loved one dies. The Act allows for the ‘immediate family’ to claim, defined as:

  • Spouses/civil partners/cohabitants;
  • Parents/children (including step-parents/children);
  • Siblings (including half-siblings and those brought up in the same household); and
  • Grandparents/grandchildren (including step-grandparents/grandchildren).

Specifically, close relatives can claim for:

  • Loss of society (distress and anxiety, grief and sorrow, and loss of guidance);
  • Loss of financial support; and
  • Funeral expenses.

The range of awards are often varied, depending on the closeness of the relationship.

The usual three-year time limit applies in fatal cases. Livingstone Brown have extensive experience of acting for the interests of family members, to ensure they are provided with support and answers surrounding the death of a loved one, ensuring they are properly compensated for the loss suffered.

Contact our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors, Glasgow

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