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Bereaved Mothers Petition for Higher Compensation Settlements

September 22, 2015

 

Two mothers, who were bereaved when their daughters were killed in a car accident, have started an online petition campaigning for changes in bereavement compensation claims.

The accident happened in November 2014, when five people travelling on the A360 in South Yorkshire were fatally injured when the Toyota collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

Fortunately, the driver of the other care escaped the crash with a broken leg. An investigation ensued, and though a third driver was interviewed concerning the crash, no charges were brought forward.

The victims included Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey, both aged sixteen and from Doncaster. They were described as inseparable by their mothers, and were life-long friends.

As no charges were brought concerning the cause of the accident, when the mothers made compensation claims for bereavement they received £12,980. The sum was called “pitiful” in comparison to what the likes public figures received for breaches of their privacy by the solicitor representing the mothers.

Now, the mothers – Tracey Storey and Vicki McCarthey – has started an online petition to change the law for bereavement compensation claims in England. They want a system modelled off of Scotland, where discretion is left to judges to settle claims, often reaching higher figures.

“This is not about being greedy and seeking more money” Tracey Storey said whilst speaking to The Times, “as no amount of money can compensate for the loss of Megan or Jordanna. It is about the injustice of the way the system works”.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have announced their support of the petition. The organisation have campaigned previously to change bereavement compensation laws, arguing that the compensation is both too low and only available in specific circumstances.

With current legislation, only husbands, wives, civil partners and parents with children under the age of eighteen can claim compensation. Any other group is not yet entitled to make a bereavement compensation claim.

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