Fatal Accidents

Tragically fatal accidents happen and the trauma we face following the loss of our loved ones will ultimately be the most difficult time we all face.

Our expert lawyers have helped many clients in these tragic circumstances and will help guide you through the legal process, with compassion and respect.

At Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors we understand the loss and confusion you face. We offer support and help take care of your needs during this difficult and challenging time.

If you have tragically lost a loved one through the fault or negligence of someone else, please call us for a free no obligation chat, so we can advise you on your legal rights.

How we can help you

We have assisted family members grieving due to the loss of loved ones due to road accidents – car, cyclist, motorbikes and pedestrians. We have assisted families who have lost due to a construction accident, or accident at work.

Our fatal accidents team have assisted many who have lost family members due to the neglect of the medical profession.

Your loved one may have been your household’s main salary earner or may have contributed financially to the running of your home. 

How we can help you

They could have been the main carer at home, looking after you, your children, or other relatives. In these circumstances you may find yourself unable to manage or cope with financial matters, such as mortgage or loan payments, and importantly with care issues. You may have children or relatives who depend on your assistance.

Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors can help ease these burdens by claiming damages on your behalf to help alleviate the financial burden that is now placed upon you. We will push for an interim payment from the Defendant to assist you and in certain scenarios we can also apply to Court for an interim payment to assist you financially.

Can you claim compensation for Fatal Accidents?

You may wonder if you can make a claim. There are many different categories of people who can claim for compensation following the tragic passing of a loved one. It is important that you take legal advice as to whether you are able to claim for compensation. The list below of people who can claim is not exhaustive, but some of those who may be able to claim include:

The wife or husband or former wife or husband of the deceased.
• A civil partner or former civil partner of the deceased.
• A parent or close relative of the deceased (Brother, Sister, Uncle or Aunt);
• A child or grandchild of the deceased.
• A stepchild or someone who has been treated as if a child from the marriage or civil partnership.
• If you have lived together with the deceased as if husband or wife or civil partner for 2 years or more prior to the deceased death.

Your claim may include:

Bereavement damages, which is a fixed sum, currently, of £12,980 for accidents on or after the 1 April 2013 and is due to the spouse/civil partner OR the parent(s) of a child under 18 years of age.
Compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity suffered by the deceased between the time of the deceased’s injury and the time of death.
Any financial costs over this period including funeral costs will be taken into consideration.
The value of the loss of services i.e., care and assistance or childcare assistance that was provided for, and would have been provided for by the deceased:
A sum of money referred to as “A Dependency claim” for the financial losses suffered as a result of the deceased’s death i.e., including the loss of income that was expected or loss of care services or loss of anticipated gifts etc.


Our team has decades of combined experience in dealing with Serious Injury Claims. 

Our Nicholson Jones Sutton Serious Injury Specialists are sympathetic, understanding, and can help you get the outcome you deserve.

If you would like to discuss an issue, please get in touch to arrange a free no obligation consultation. We’re available by email or phone.


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Leanne Henton

Litigation Manager

Leanne studied the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School in Leeds, and graduated with Very Competent, before cross-qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013.

She joined the firm in 2009 as a Personal Injury Fee Earner, dealing with various matters including Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability, and Medical Negligence.

Leanne progressed onto a Litigation Team Manager role in 2015, managing a team of RTA Personal Injury Fee Earners, and further on to Litigation Manager in 2020, working closely with the Directors to ensure the success of the Personal Injury Department.

Leanne has been heavily involved in the development and expansion of the EL/PL Department, as well as the Medical, Dental and Cosmetic Negligence Department.

In her personal life Leanne enjoys holidaying and days out with her young family.

Richard Shillcock


After qualifying as a solicitor in 2002, Richard gained experience working in several firms in the north west of England.

Throughout his 25 year career in the law, Richard has covered the gamut of Personal Injury work. Described as being ‘terrier like’ in his approach to litigation, Richard still loves the thrill of the fight despite his ever advancing years.

Outside of work, Richard lives on the Wirral with his wife and two children. When he isn’t busy helping with homework or coaching his daughter’s football team, Richard enjoys baking and watching his beloved Liverpool FC.

Nichola Johnson

Personal Injury Solicitor

Nichola joined the company around 2009 whilst studying a Law Degree, having already obtained a degree in Forensic Science and Criminology Degree.

With the support of NJS Nichola completed her training contract and qualified in 2014 as a solicitor. Whilst She has vast experience in all aspects of RTA litigation She also has diversified and now also deal with employers liability claims, occupiers liability claims and public liability matters.

Whilst once a keen horse rider, more recently in her spare time her ventures involve building projects and enjoying family time with her two young children.

Rachel Hughes

EL/PL Litigation Executive

Rachel completed a Batchelor of Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University before undertaking a change in career in 2004.

Since then, Rachel has been dealing with litigated personal injury matters. She has a vast knowledge of the claims process and in her previous role dealt with a varied caseload of Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability matters.

Since joining the firm in 2022, Rachel has added Medical, Dental and Cosmetic Negligence claims to her expertise.

In her spare time, Rachel is an avid Manchester City supporter and enjoys holidays and long dog walks with her family.

Joanne Scrivens

EL/PL Litigation Executive

Joanne has worked in law since leaving School and joined the company in 2020.

Joanne is a Senior Litigation Executive with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of RTA litigation and also has diversified and now also deals with employers liability claims, occupiers liability claims and public liability matters.

In her spare time she enjoys making memories with her family and friends.

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