There is statutory regulation for a ‘Fatal Injury Action’, under Part IV of the Civil Liability Act, 1961. This action can be brought when someone has died due to the wrongful act of another person.
If you are to pursue an action against the wrongdoer, only one action can be brought and it must be done on behalf of all of the deceased’s dependants. ‘Dependant’ refers to a person who has suffered psychological distress or financial loss due to the deceased’s death and the ‘dependant’ must be related to the deceased also.
The action is generally brought by the personal representative of the deceased. However, if after 6 months of the death no action has been brought by a personal representative then the action may be brought by all or any of the dependants.
Contact Byrne Carolan Cunningham LLP Solicitors today if you feel you may have a claim in this area.