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Compensation For Manslaughter / Criminal Negligence Resulting In Death – How Much

Losing someone you love is one of the most devastating and heart-breaking experiences a person goes through. This is made even worse when that person has died as a result of negligence. Be it a parent, child, or partner, if you have lost a loved one due to criminal negligence, it is important to get the compensation you deserve. We have many years of experience in fatal criminal negligence cases, and we can ensure you receive the maximum payout. This includes damages for the pain and suffering your loved one experienced, as well as any income or benefits lost, funeral expenses, compensation for your emotional pain, and much more. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

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A guide to criminal negligence resulting in death claims

Criminal negligence happens when someone has behaved in a negligent manner, which has had severe consequences, usually death. If you have lost a loved one due to criminal negligence, you deserve compensation. This is something we can help you to secure. But first, before you call us to get started, why not check out our fatal criminal negligence sue guide below? We know that making a claim for compensation can be overwhelming, which is why we have put together all information in an easy-to-read guide. You will find information on the most common types of criminal negligence, how to start a claim, what you can claim for, and how much compensation you will receive. We also reveal a bit about our own service towards the end of the guide, including our No Win No Fee approach. If you have any questions or do not understand something that has been written below, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What is criminal negligence?

Criminal negligence is an extremely serious form of negligence, which often involves the death of another person. This happens when the guilty party has failed to perceive how serious their actions are, and has instead precipitated in a gross violation of the standard of care that is expected. Two of the most common fatal criminal negligence compensation examples include criminally negligent homicide and neglect of a child, which has led to their endangerment.

Criminal negligence statistics

There are a number of facts and figures that give you an indication of the extent of criminal negligence in the UK and worldwide. The Home Office supplies a Homicide Index, usually yearly, and the Office of National Statistics puts together a report based on these findings. The most recent report was released on 11th February 2016. It reveals that there were 518 homicides in the UK (this includes infanticide, manslaughter, and murder), in the year ending March 2015. These figures are for England and Wales, not Scotland. The report also revealed that for this time frame there were 9.0 offences of homicide per one million of the population.

The report also revealed that the highest rate of homicides occurs in children under the age of one-years-old, i.e. 35.8 offences per one million of the population. This is something that is consistent with previous years. The NSPCC have also published facts and statistics regarding neglect. Of course, this does not always amount to fatal death, but there is a very real chance that it will. The NSPCC have reported that every one in ten children experience neglect. In 2016, more than 26,000 children were identified as requiring protection from neglect. In fact, the NSPCC state that 33 per cent of the calls made to their helpline are concerning neglect.

What to do if a partner or a family member is involved in criminal negligence resulting in death



If someone you love has passed away due to criminal negligence, it is important to retain as much evidence as possible regarding what has happened. In order to secure compensation, we need to prove that criminal negligence occurred, and we need to show that this led to your loved one’s death. It is likely that there will already be a pool of evidence considering the incident is relating to a crime that happened. You should also keep any photographs or documents you have that may support your case. Make a note of anything you can remember, as it could prove to be important later down the line.

How to begin a criminal negligence resulting in death claim

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to fatal criminal negligence claims, but all you need to do is give us a call. We will be with you every step of the way, and we will talk you through the claims process and what is entailed. You won’t need to worry about what step to take next or how to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation. We will handle all of that.

When you make contact with us, the first thing we will do is provide a free consultancy session. For us, this is a fact-finding session, whereby we seek to learn as much as possible about what happened. We know that this can be incredibly difficult for you to re-live, but it really is important that we know what occurred so that we can give you the very best advice. You can be certain that everything you discuss with us will be confidential.

This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. You may want to know about compensation amounts for fatal criminal negligence or how long it will take to receive a payout. We will happily answer any queries, so feel free to ask as many as you like.

We can also arrange a local medical for you, if required. Sometimes this is needed when people are claiming for any psychological injuries they have experienced due to losing a loved one. You will also be pleased to know that we operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is successful, meaning you will have compensation to cover the costs. You can find out more about our No Win No Fee approach towards the end of these fatal criminal negligence compensation guidelines.

What can be claimed for after criminal negligence resulting in death?

When launching a case for criminal negligence manslaughter compensation, you will be able to claim for the following damages:

  • General damages – General damages is a term that is used to describe the payout you will receive to cover the pain and suffering your loved one experienced as a result of criminal negligence. It will also cover loss of family income.
  • Longterm adverse effects – This covers the likes of potential future inheritance, as well as loss of on-going care and protection.
  • Emotional pain and mental suffering
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of benefits – This will include the likes of loss of disability payments and pension payments due to the death of a loved one.
  • Punitive damages
  • Medical expenses – This is a payout to cover any medical costs that the victim experienced prior to their death.
  • Funeral expenses
  • Bereavement award – This is a payout that is designed to compensate families of the victim for the pain and suffering they have experienced due to the loss.

The most common types of criminal negligence

There are a number of fatal criminal negligence examples, yet the two most common are as follows: negligent endangerment of a child and criminally negligent homicide. The former occurs when a child has been neglected, i.e. there has been a dereliction of one’s duties as a caretaker or parent and a child’s needs have not been provided for. This could also happen when a parent leaves their child in the care of someone who they have reason to believe is hurting their child. Criminally negligent homicide relates to incidents whereby the wanton and wilful conduct of one person causes the death of another person. This is commonly deemed manslaughter.

How much compensation will I get if my partner or a family member is involved in criminal negligence resulting in death?

One thing you will probably want to know is how much fatal criminal negligence compensation you will receive if you launch a claim. This is something most of our clients ask us. Unfortunately, we cannot give you a definitive figure regarding how much money you will receive. It is simply not possible. The last thing we would want to do is promise you ‘x’ amount of money, and fail to keep our promise. Any solicitor that claims they can secure you a certain amount is, quite simply, bending the truth. Every case is different, and there are various factors that are taken into account, which is why payout amounts differ considerably.

You may have come across a fatal criminal negligence claim calculator online. Again, these tools only provide estimates. It is important to make sure you do not take the figure as a guarantee. There is no harm in using a fatal criminal negligence compensation calculator death tool, so long as you recognise that the figure is merely a rough guide.

To give you a better understanding regarding the sum of money you may be entitled to, we have put together a table below, which states the average payout for criminal negligence resulting in death. You will see what people typically receive for the common damages that are usually claimed for when it comes to these cases. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the table, or you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Funeral costs£3,000 - £10,000In some cases, you may be granted a higher figure than the maximum shown in the left-hand column.
Punitive damages£1,000 - £275,000In some cases, you may be granted a higher figure than the maximum shown in the left-hand column. This depends on how complex the claim is.
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000This payout will be awarded based on the level of suffering and pain the victim encountered.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000If you have missed work due to what has happened, you will be able to claim for the income you have already lost. This is calculated based on your current pay grade. In some cases, you may be granted a higher figure than the maximum shown in the left-hand column.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000If you anticipate that you will miss more work in the future, you can also claim for loss of anticipated earnings. This is calculated using your current pay grade as well as your future earning potential. In some cases, you may be granted a higher figure than the maximum shown in the left-hand column.
Loss of companionship, protection, and care for family members£2,000 - £100,000The payout for loss of companionship depends on the number of family members and the level of loss you have experienced. In some cases, you may be granted a higher figure than the maximum shown in the left-hand column.
Manslaughter (Numerous relatives claiming)£5,500 per applicantIf more than one family member is claiming compensation for the manslaughter of a loved one, the payout is reduced to reflect this. Each applicant will receive £5,500. In most cases, this occurs when both partner and children are claiming.
Manslaughter (One relative claiming)£11,000If only one family member is claiming compensation for the manslaughter of a loved one, the payout will be £11,000. In most cases, this happens when it is only the partner of the deceased who is claiming.

No Win No Fee criminal negligence resulting in death claims

One of the main features of our services is that all of our in-house solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. No Win No Fee may be something you have seen advertised before, yet you may be a bit unsure regarding what it actually entails. No Win No Fee means that, if for some reason, we are unsuccessful in our efforts to secure compensation for you; you won’t need to pay a penny. This offers you a significant degree of monetary protection, as it ensures you will not find yourself in a position whereby you have a huge legal bill to pay yet you have not received compensation, and so you’re at a considerable loss. This simply won’t happen when you work with us.

Not only does our No Win No Fee approach reduce the financial risk that is associated with using a traditional solicitor’s service, but there are many knock-on benefits to consider too. This includes the fact that we only take on cases that have a genuine chance of success. We will never waste your time. If we do not believe you have a strong case, we will tell you. You also know that we will be working hard to secure the maximum payout, as we are accountable for the service we provide. Unfortunately, if you were to opt for a solicitor that charges per hour, there is always the chance that they may take on your case simply to take your cash, or they may not put in much effort. After all, win or lose, they are still going to be paid at the end of the day.

Why choose us as your claims service for your fatal criminal negligence claim?

We know that choosing a legal company to handle your claim is a difficult decision. There are many personal injury law firms in the UK today, and you want to ensure you choose one that has your best interests at heart. You can be certain that is the case when you work with us. We have already told you about our No Win No Fee approach, which should give you great peace of mind. However, there are many other reasons why you should choose us as your claims service for your fatal criminal negligence claim.

This includes the fact that we have many years of experience in the industry, and we have worked on many criminal negligence and manslaughter compensation claims. Our track record speaks for itself, and you only need to see the positive feedback we have received to see that we have had a positive impact on many people’s lives. Our team has years of combined experience to draw upon, and we always seek to secure compensation in the most efficient and hassle-free manner.

In fact, this is another reason why our service is so popular. We know that you are going through a heart-breaking and devastating time in your life. We want you to focus on yourself and your family. We don’t want to bombard you with endless calls for information, nor do we want to add to your stress by making the claiming process a long-winded one. Instead, we always aim to secure the maximum payout as quickly and with as little hassle to you as possible. Despite this, we are only ever a phone call away should you need us or have any questions.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you would like to benefit from free, expert advice about making a compensation claim, with no-obligation to continue, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will be connected to one of our friendly and experienced advisors, who will happily talk you through the claim process and answer any questions you have regarding fatal criminal negligence claims. All of our advisors have received extensive training, and they handle every call with the highest levels of confidentiality. If you are ready to proceed with making a claim, they will make sure you are matched to the best in-house solicitor from our team based on the ins and outs of your case. We are committed to securing the highest amount of compensation for all of our clients, and we always put your needs first, so please don’t be afraid to give us a call.

Helpful links

NHS bereavement advice

This link takes you to the NHS page for bereavement. You will find support and advice regarding coping with bereavement. This includes children and bereavement, coping with grief after a parent dies, and much more.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

This link takes you to the UK Government’s website where you will find information on CICA, also known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This authority handles compensation claims for those who were mentally or physically injured as the consequence of a crime that was violent that happened in England, Wales, or Scotland.


This link helps you to understand how civil law and health and safety laws arise. It provides advice on risk assessments and helps people to apply the correct legislation. guide to fatal accident claims

This is our guide to fatal accident or wrongful death compensation claims. It provides extensive information on fatal accident claims, including who can sue for a wrongful death, how to make a compensation claim, expenses that are incurred when someone dies, and much more.

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