Two mothers have started an e-petition to increase the amount of bereavement compensation for the death of a child parents are entitlement to claim.
Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey from Doncaster in South Yorkshire were killed along with three teenage friends in a crash on the A360 in Conisbrough last November. The two sixteen-year-old girls had been life-long friends, and were described by their mothers as “inseparable”.
According to police report into the accident, the driver of the Toyota Corolla they were passengers in lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-first into a Seat Leon travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Seat broke his leg in the accident, and the driver of a third vehicle was questioned by police, but no charges were brought.
The mothers of the two girls each received £12,980 bereavement compensation for the death of a child – a figure they consider to “pitiful” in relation to the amounts received by celebrities for injuries to their pride. Now the two mothers have started an e-petition to increase the amount of bereavement compensation for the death of a child parents are allowed to claim for.
“This is not about being greedy and seeking more money” Megan´s mother Tracey told the Times newspaper, “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 e-petition to increase bereavement compensation for the death of a child has been supported by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The Association´s president – Matthew Stockwell – said that members of APIL are concerned that the level of compensation is too low and that the eligibility criteria is too narrow.
As the law stands at present, bereavement compensation for the death of a child is limited to wives, husbands, civil partners, the parents of a child under the age of eighteen, or the unmarried mother of an illegitimate child under the age of eighteen. The parents of a child over 18, children of a deceased parent, parents of a stillborn child and other relatives are not entitled to an award of compensation.