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Fatal Criminal Injuries

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Fatal Criminal Injury Lawyers Glasgow

Fatal injuries compensation is available under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. A fatal injury is where a person dies as a result of a violent crime. Compensation can only be awarded if the deceased was an innocent victim of the violent crime and whose injuries were sustained as a direct result of said crime. This can be a complex area of the law and it is crucial that you get specialist advice from our personal injury lawyers. Contact our team on 0141 429 8166 and see how we can help you.

Who can claim for compensation?

Only “qualifying relatives” may pursue an award for compensation. A qualifying relative is a person who at the time of the deceased’s death was:

  1. the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, who was living with the deceased in the same household
  2. the partner of the deceased (other than a spouse or civil partner), who was living with them in the same household and had done so for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the date of the death
  3. a person who would satisfy sub-paragraph (a) or (b) but who did not live with the deceased because of either person’s ill-health or infirmity
  4. the spouse or civil partner, or a former spouse or civil partner, of the deceased who was financially dependent on the deceased
  5. a parent of the deceased
  6. a child of the deceased


A qualifying relative of a person who has died as a direct result of a violent crime may be eligible for:

  1. bereavement payments
  2. child’s payments
  3. dependency payments
  4. funeral payments


A qualifying relative may also be eligible to apply for an additional personal injury award if they have suffered mental injuries as a result of the victim’s death. To be eligible, the applicant must have sustained a mental injury which is directly attributable to being present at and witnessing their loved one’s death, or the immediate aftermath of their loved one’s death.

A claim for compensation must be submitted to the CICA within 2 years from the date of the incident.

Contact our fatal criminal injury solicitors in Glasgow today

Livingstone Brown understands that losing a loved one is incredibly tough and brings with it great strain. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the process to ensure that you are in the best position to obtain the financial award you are entitled to.

Contact our personal team lawyers today on 0141 429 8166 or complete our online contact form if you think you have a claim for compensation.

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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.

If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.

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Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.

The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.

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