22. Making a claim for compensation in the civil courts
The decision to make a claim for compensation will not be easy to make, but you can
consider this even if someone has not been blamed for the death in the criminal courts
or an inquest has not been held. If an inquest has been held, the evidence given
at the hearing can be useful in a civil case. A claim must usually be made within
three years of the death and a personal injury solicitor (Section 21) can advise
whether or not you should go ahead and what costs are involved.
16 Keep copies of all correspondence and telephone calls.