Bereavement Damages and Unmarried Partners – High Court Urges Reform

Bereavement Damages and Unmarried Partners – High Court Urges Reform It is vital that the law keeps up with the speed of social change and, in one important case, the High Court has urged Parliament to bring about reform so that unmarried partners of those who lose their lives as a result of negligence can be properly compensated for their bereavement. The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 enables a lump sum – currently £12,980 – to be paid in bereavement damages to spouses or civil partners of deceased negligence victims. However, such awards are not necessarily available to cohabitees and the provision has long been the subject of widespread criticism. The…