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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to teach practitioners how to gain monetary compensation when a fatal accident has occurred. It informs the listener which categories of people are eligible for compensation, and which awards are available. It also aims to engage the listener in a discussion of the problems with the current regimes.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know the different awards that can be claimed for after a fatal accident;
  • Know who is eligible for these awards;
  • Understand the issues with the current state of the law;
  • Know the proposals for reform in this area of the law, and the likelihood of them being implemented.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Sources and References:
  • Department of Constitutional Affairs Consultation Paper "Law on Damages", May 2007;
  • Department of Constitutional Affairs Proposals "Increasing Bereavement Damages Regulatory Impact Assessment", March 2002;
  • Law Commission Report "Claims for Wrongful Death" 1999;
  • Fatal Accidents Act 1976;
  • Human Rights Act 1998;
  • Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934;
  • Administration of Justice Act 1982;
  • Social Security Recovery of Benefits Act 1997;
  • Alcock v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police [1992] 1 AC 310;
  • Hicks v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police [1992] 2 All ER 65;
  • Burgess v Florence Nightingale Hospital for Gentlewomen [1955] 1 QB 349;
  • Davies v Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Ltd [1942] AC 601.

This podcast discusses the various regimes for monetary compensation when there has been a fatal accident. It analyses potential reforms in the area, and points out common problems that arise when practitioners apply the regimes.

Podcast Added: 8/12/2008

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-08-30

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