The Fatal Accidents Bereavement Award Has Been Increased.

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29 May, 2020

For fatalities that occur on or after the 1 May 2020 the bereavement award under the Fatal; Accidents Act 1976 has increased from £12 980 to £15 120 in line with inflation since the last increase. There is no change for deaths arising before that date.

The award is a lump sum payable by a defendant and is the total shared by all eligible bereaved persons. These are limited to the wife, husband or civil partner of the deceased, or the parents of a child who dies under the age of 18. If the parents are unmarried the father cannot claim. A former wife, husband or civil partner cannot claim. Nor currently can co-habitees, although that is being considered by Parliament under the draft The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020.

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