A grieving Ipswich father whose 26-year-old son died in a car crash is demanding a change in the law over the “ridiculous” rules regarding compensation for bereavement paid by insurance companies.
Stevan Stratton, our associate solicitor in Ipswich, who acted for the Jarrett family, said: “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 The law as it stands is out of date and unfair and needs to be changed.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.
“David was very surprised to find out how the law works in these cases and so it is always helpful when he, and others who have suffered the same tragedy, campaign for change.”
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