1. Financial loss or loss of financial dependency
2. Funeral and inquest expenses
3. Mental distress
Only one claim may be brought on behalf of all dependants.
Usually, if a spouse survives the deceased that spouse is the most suitable person to take the claim on behalf of all dependants.
The word “dependants” is defined in legislation as follows:
“a spouse, [civil partner within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010] , parent, grandparent, step-parent, child, grandchild, step-child, brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister of the deceased”
The definition in the statute covers a range of persons. Given that there can be only one claim it is necessary to ensure that each of the statutory dependants who wishes to be involved in the claim is given that opportunity.