My client tragically lost his son in a road traffic accident in Suffolk in 2014. He has been campaigning to improve the rules relating to bereavement damages in fatal accidents and a recent article in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star can be viewed here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich-father-s-campaign-for-bereavement-law-change-after-son-lewis-jarrett-killed-in-road-crash-1-4948695
“As Lewis was over 18 and had no children and no long-term partner, the insurers did not have to pay out any bereavement award, they simply had to contribute to the funeral expenses. They didn’t have to pay anything to reflect the loss of a life.
If someone is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, their next of kin, whoever that may be, should be able to claim a bereavement award, and that award should be more than £12,980.
So the first change that we at Gotelee would like to see is for a bereavement award to be made payable to the deceased’s next-of-kin in every case like this.
Secondly, we want the award of £12,980 to be increased to a fair figure. The law as it stands is out of date and unfair and needs to be changed. These are perfectly reasonable and fair changes and there is no real argument against them. There has simply been no change because that would cost the insurance industry a lot of money”