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Bereavement damages are awarded in personal injury or clinical negligence cases involving a fatality where negligence has taken place by a third party. The award is available in England and Wales and is provided for under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.
Bereavement damages can be claimed only by the spouse/civil partner of the deceased or to the parents of a deceased child up to the age of 18.
In the eyes of the law, cohabitees do not automatically qualify for bereavement damages, however, they may be eligible to bring a dependency claim provided they are able to prove they were financially dependent on the deceased.
The current award is limited to the sum of £12,980.
Should you need any advice on claiming bereavement damages please contact a member of the Personal Injury team on 01775 764150 or start your claim online now. For further information about a personal injury claim, get in touch with our solicitors in Alconbury, Peterborough, Spalding, Nottingham or Birmingham.