The amount awarded to dependents of a deceased person for mental stress following a fatal accident is known as solatium. The maximum amount of such compensation for this aspect is €35,000. It is intended as an acknowledgement of grief rather than any attempt at compensating for it. In certain circumstances where dependent have suffered a recognized psychiatric illness, a dependent can bring a separate action for nervous shock/ psychiatric injury. Baxter Mimnagh Solicitors will fully advise in respect of such claims.
It is important that immediate steps are taken to investigate the cause of death, to include obtaining garda reports, reports from the Health Service Authority, coroner’s reports and engineers reports if necessary. Baxter Mimnagh Solicitors have successfully acted for dependents of deceased persons who lost their lives as a result of both road traffic accidents and workplace accidents, and we can take immediate steps to protect your interests by securing relevant evidence prior to its destruction. We can also assist and represent families at a loved ones inquest.