On 11th April 2019 it was announced that families in Northern Ireland would benefit from an increase in bereavement compensation.
Bereavement compensation is a sum paid to specific family members where their relation has died as a result of negligence. Bereavement Compensation in England and Wales unfortunately trails behind the rest of the United Kingdom.
A bereavement award under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 is a ‘civil personal injury compensation claim’ at court. A claim is made following the unlawful death of a person involved in an accident or illness due to the fault, in whole, or in part, by another. Some relatives have a possibility of making a legal claim for a fixed statutory payment of bereavement damages which is intended to compensate for the death of their loved one.
The statutory sum for bereavement damages in Northern Ireland will be £15,100 from 1 May 2019. However, similar damages in England and Wales have remained at £12,980 for six years.
It has been reported that since the last time the level of bereavement damages was increased in England and Wales, Northern Ireland has reviewed and increased the level twice. However, in Scotland, sums are calculated on a case-by-case basis.
At Jordans Solicitors we appreciate that no amount of money can compensate for the loss or death of your loved one, however we believe that where individuals have suffered injury caused by failings in the treatment provided by NHS and private medical practitioners, they should be compensated for their injuries. We have experienced lawyers available to provide you with advice on a range of personal injuries and medical negligence matters. We have offices in Dewsbury, Horsforth, Selby and Wakefield or alternatively please contact out medical negligence team free on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.