Bereavement Damages Update

When a person dies as a result of negligence either following an accident or clinical negligence, a limited group of people are entitled to compensation under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. 

The bereavement award is currently limited to £12,980. Whilst no amount of compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, it is a very low level award. The bereavement award of £12,980 was set in 2013 and has not been increased since. There have been calls for the government to review the award and to consider a substantial increase. However, the Ministry of Justice has rejected calls for a full consultation on bereavement damages stating that the award will be increased to reflect inflation since the previous increase in April 2013. 

Defending its decision not to carry out a full review, the Ministry of Justice has stated that bereavement damages “are and were only ever intended to be a token payment to a limited group of people”.  

The exact increase in the amount of bereavement damages that will be awarded under the Fatal Accidents Act in England and Wales is yet to be confirmed.  

If you have any queries about a fatal injury claim please contact our specialist personal injury department