What is a financial dependency claim?
Someone who relied on the income of a deceased person could bring a financial dependency claim.
The person bringing the claim is required to prove that if the deceased had survived, they would have supported them financially. This might include contributing towards housing costs, clothing, school fees, holidays and more.
The deceased’s dependant may also be able to claim compensation for ‘loss of services’. This means compensation for the financial and practical consequences of the loss of any services the deceased provided. For example, if the deceased had carried out home maintenance tasks or assisted with childcare these services may now need to be carried out by a friend or family member or a paid professional.
Child dependants may be able to claim for loss of care from a parent who has died. For example, if the parent cooked their dinner, helped them with their homework or took them to school.