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What are bereavement damages?
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.
Who is entitled to bereavement damages?
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.
Are cohabitees entitled to bereavement damages?
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.
How much are bereavement damages?
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