What is a Death Dependency Claim?
If you have lost a loved one that you were supported by either financially or otherwise due to negligence, you may be able to make a dependency claim. A dependency claim may arise as a result of many circumstances such as motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence and public liability accidents. A dependency claim can be made by the deceased’s spouse, de-facto, children and other dependents.
The grief and sorrow you feel from losing a loved one can be an emotionally difficult time in your life. However if you have developed a psychiatric condition because of witnessing a loved one’s death, or the accident site shortly after the accident happened, you may also be able to make a compensation claim for nervous shock. Nervous shock claims can also arise as a result of other circumstances, so please contact White Jordin to discuss your situation.
What can I claim for death dependency?
At a devastating and emotionally difficult time in your life, White Jordin Lawyers is there to assist you in relieving the financial stress associated with losing a loved one. Things that a dependent may be able to claim for include:
Reasonable funeral costs
Financial loss if the deceased was an income provider
Financial cost of services the deceased performed such as cleaning, laundry, gardening, personal care, car and house maintenance
If you have a nervous shock claim as a result of your loved one’s death, you may be able to claim treatment costs for a psychiatric condition, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, loss past and future of income and superannuation, and any care and assistance you may need.
Every person’s claim is different and the experienced team at White Jordin Lawyers will work with you and your family members to ensure all aspects of the claim are covered.
How long do I have to make a claim for compensation?
Strict time requirements apply to bringing a claim for death dependency. It is important that you contact White Jordin Lawyers as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
What does a claim for death dependency involve?
So, how do I make a Death Dependency Claim? – 1
We speak with you and your family members or friends to obtain detailed information of what happened.
So, how do I make a Death Dependency Claim? – 2
We investigate and obtain evidence about the circumstances of the deceased’s death. If necessary, we may need to obtain medical and expert evidence in relation to the circumstances of death.
So, how do I make a Death Dependency Claim? – 3
Depending on the circumstances of the death, we will prepare the relevant documents giving notice to the Respondent (i.e. the person, business, association or entity responsible for the death) of the claim being made by you and any other dependents and the reasons why.
We obtain detailed information and documents from you and other dependents regarding the loss suffered. This may include financial information about funeral expenses, mortgage repayments, joint debts, household expenses, expenses paid for other dependents such as children, and services performed by the deceased prior to their death.
So, how do I make a Death Dependency Claim? – 4
We work with you to prepare a detailed document setting out all the things you are entitled to claim for, as discussed above.
So, how do I make a Death Dependency Claim? – 5
We arrange a meeting with the Respondent or their lawyers / insurance representatives to negotiate settlement of the death dependency claim.
If the claim does not settle at the compulsory conference, we exchange an offer to settle with the Respondent and the offers are open for acceptance for 14 days.
If the offer is not accepted, then further attempts at settlement are made.
As a last resort Court proceedings are started.