Bereavement Damages are awarded to a limited category of persons who have lost a loved one as a result of someone else ‘s negligence. Such damages are currently set at £12,980 and only the spouse or civil partner of a deceased person, or the parents of a deceased child under the age of 18 can receive them. If you lost a child or your spouse as a result of someone else’s negligence, would £12,980 seem like adequate compensation to you?
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is an organisation which represents the interests of personal injury victims. It has for some time been campaigning to increase the amount of bereavement damages on the basis that it should not be cheaper to kill someone than to maim them.
In Scotland, eligibility to claim bereavement damages is available to a much wider group of people, and the amount which can be awarded is far greater, with judges deciding these matters on a case by case basis. APIL is campaigning for our system to be brought more in line with that in Scotland and its recent 2015 manifesto, which is being shared with the political parties, is calling for reform in this area.
We here at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Solicitors represent many families who have lost loved ones as a result of someone else’s negligence. We would certainly welcome an increase in bereavement damages, although we know that for affected families it isn’t about the money, it is about getting answers and making sure the same thing doesn’t happen again to someone else.
You can read more on the APIL website (www.apil.org.uk) under the ‘Campaigning’ section.