Bilal Hussain and David Withers explore calls for reforms to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976
Bereavement damages are a form of compensation which is payable to certain limited categories of relatives following the unlawful death of a loved one, arising from a fatal accident, wrongful act and/or neglect.
The award itself arises from the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (the Act), which allows cohabitees to claim for dependency, but does not allow them to claim bereavement damages. The Act has seen a number of changes on the amount of the award and to whom this is payable to (described as dependants in the act). With these factors in mind, we will consider who is identified as a dependant and how much the award is.
At present, the husband, wife, or civil partner of the deceased can obtain the bereavement award. In addition, th...
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