Bereaved parents need better care after stillbirths

The Justice System ignores grieving relatives

  • May 4, 2018
  • Memorial Day took place on the 28th April 2018.   It has recently been noted that many people are being overlooked by the law in regards to bereavement claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.  

    Brett Dixon, President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), said “When someone is killed at work through negligence, the loved ones they leave behind can make a legal claim for a fixed sum of £12,980 to compensate for their loss. But only if they are a spouse or civil partner, or the parents of unmarried children under the age of 18. Even then, only mothers are eligible if parents were not married when their children were born,” 

    Unfortunately, this means that all other relatives of the deceased are unable to make a claim including unmarried partners, step children, step-parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and single fathers.

    Mr Dixon added “Losing a step-parent can leave a cavernous hole in someone’s life. And long-term partners are just as bereft as they would be if they had been married,” 

    APIL, believe that entitlement to a bereavement award should be assessed on how close the bereaved person was to the deceased, a system currently used in Scotland.   

     

    Charlotte Measures, Senior Associate

    Charlotte Measures of Medical Accident Group, agrees with Brett Dixon of APIL, and has said, “the current system of awarding bereavement damages needs to be reviewed, because the law, as it currently stands, is not fair to a large majority of society.  The loss of a loved one affects everyone, especially when it is caused by negligent treatment”.

    As an experienced local Worcester Firm, we have managed to successfully claim compensation for families, who have directly and indirectly suffered a loss due to the negligent treatment all over the UK.  

    If you have suffered from poor treatment, Medical Accident Group can help.  We have a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors, with over 30 years’ experience, who will guide you through the process of making a claim.  If you believe you have a claim, call the team now on 0800 050 1668 or email us at info@medicalaccidentgroup.co.uk.

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