A recent report has highlighted the discrepancy between the awards paid to bereaved families in England and Wales compared with the relevant figure in Northern Ireland.
In England and Wales, the families of those whose death is caused by negligence are awarded a statutory sum of £12,980. Whilst this figure has remained the same for the last 6 years, awards in Northern Ireland are set to be increased for the second time in that period, to £15,100.
It comes as a surprise to many that the award paid to the families of those who lose their life due to negligence is so little. A survey commissioned by APIL (which campaigns on behalf of injured people) found that more than half of the 2,000 people surveyed thought bereavement damages should be nearer £100,000, and more than 75% believed the level should be set on a case-by-case basis, as is the case in Scotland.
Commenting on the report, Stephen Green, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at Fosters said "The current bereavement award of £12,980 is way too low to properly compensate bereaved families for the loss of a loved one. It leaves them feeling let down by the system at a time when they need all the help and support they can get".
If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else's negligence, and you believe you may have a claim, please contact our specialist team on 01603 620508, or email us, for a free, no obligation chat.