L (A Child) v Barry May Haulage

19 July 2001

Summary: Fatal accident, Dependency claims; loss of financial dependency, Fatal Accident Act, Personal Injury claims, Coroners Act, Inquest, verdict, fatal accident solicitors, personal injury, bereavement, loss of expectation of life, fatal accident of mother.

A child aged 16 made claim through solicitors under the Fatal accidents Act due to a fatal accident to his mother following a road traffic accident. The child went to live with his father who had not married his mother and was unemployed. The child’s mother was reasonably well paid.

The child’s solicitors argued to the court that the child had a substantial dependency claim and the services provided by his father out of obligation was to be disregarded. The court allowed the child’s claim and awarded a past and future dependency (to 21 years) applying a multiplier of 8.07 and multiplicand of £3000. Past financial dependency £54,000 and future dependency £58,000. With other items the total award was £140,500.

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Posted: July 23, 2008 at 9:23 am