Compensation Rates

Compensation for Bereavement Awards – Since 1991

Historical Figures following Fatal Accident Compensation Claim are as follows:

  • £3,500 to £7,500 after 1 April 1991
  • 1 April 2002, £10,000.
  • £11,200 for deaths on or after 01.01.08.
  • £11,800 01.01.12
  • £12,980 for fatal injury claims after 01.04.13

Interest can also be claimed in respect of a fatal accident case on the award running from the date of death.

Bereavement Compensation Increase in 2013

In 2013, this year deserves a brief mention as an increase in the bereavement awarded for deaths following a fatal accident claim on or after the 1st April 2013 has been increased by 10% from £11,800 to £12,980. This was not a as result of the kindness of the Government or Insurance Companies, it was due to the “Jackson Law Reforms” which introduced new cost cutting laws that could be construed to curtail the incorrectly perceived “compensation culture.”

The increase in the bereavement award compensation due to the death of a loved one out of an accident was due the fact that the Jackson reforms made wholesale changes to the fees solicitor can charge the Defendant insurance companies if they win the case. In short, the Jackson reforms took advice from large insurance companies and decided that to compensate solicitors for the drastic cost cutting, they would make the injured victim (or their family) make up some of the shortfall. By this the Conservative Government has now allowed Solicitors to take up to 25% (called a success fee) from the bereaved families.  This is totally abhorrent but personal injury solicitors in England and Wales are left with no other choice if they are to offer no win no fee advice.

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