Courts Continue to Grapple with Amount to be Awarded to Relatives of People who suffer fatal injuries

In the past five years, a series of awards made by courts to relatives in claims for fatal injuries, show the levels of compensation at vastly different levels. Awards can be decided by a Judge sitting alone, or with a Jury. Some (though not all) awards by juries have been higher than courts had previously awarded but there continue to be some cases in which much lower awards have been made sometimes by Judges sitting alone. It is a developing area of law and court decisions during 2015 and 2016 continue to be watched closely.

This is an area of law in which more certainty would be helpful to clients. The emotional strain felt by a grieving relative can make it even more difficult for them to make a decision on an offer when the range of possible court awards could be very wide-ranging.