The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has highlighted that the Bill was drawn up as a result of research conducted by APIL which found that over half of people asked felt bereavement damages should be over £100,000. The current level of damages is £12,980, which is a derisory sum.
A vital private member’s Bill making its way through parliament has the potential to overhaul the law surrounding psychiatric injury (suffered as a result of witnessing the death or injury of others) and compensation for bereavement. The Negligence and Damages Bill was presented to the House of Commons by the Labour MP for Middlesbrough, Andy McDonald. It was drawn from a survey carried out by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), which has long been campaigning for greater fairness for victims of psychiatric harm and for bereaved people.