Bereavement Award Inequality

5 December 2014

The president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, John Spencer, has recently highlighted the legal discrepancy between awards available in England and Wales to those available in Scotland (which has a different legal system) for people whose relatives are the victim of a fatal accident.

In England and Wales, a fixed sum (currently £12,980) is payable to the victim’s spouse or civil partner, or to the parents of a deceased child under 18.

However, under Scottish law relationships are looked at much more closely, and consideration is given to the actual family relations in order to make fair payments to those who are bereaved – i.e. without necessarily restricting payments to a particular category of person.  Mr Spencer points out that this is a much fairer procedure and he calls for a re-think of the law in England and Wales.

At Advance Legal we have experience of dealing with fatal accident claims and we can advise you on what compensation might be available.

Mark House is an Associate at Advance Legal. Please contact Mark or another member of the team on 0800 068 00 69 and they will be happy to discuss your compensation claim with you.