Fatal Accidents Act 1846

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1846 c. 93
Anno Regni VICTORI, Britanniarum Regin,Nono & Decimo. An Act for compensating the Families of Persons killed by Accidents.

(9 & 10 Vict.) C A P. XCIII.

[26th August 1846]

'WHEREAS no Action at Law is now maintainable against a Person who by his wrongful Act, Neglect, or Default may have caused the Death of another Person, and it is oftentimes right and expedient that the Wrongdoer in such Case should be answerable in Damages for the Injury so caused by him:' Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Adviceand Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That whensoever the Death of a Person shall be caused by wrongful Act, Neglect, or Default, and the Act, Neglect, or Default is such as would (if Death had not ensued) have entitled the Party injured to maintain an Action and recover Damages in respect thereof, then and in every such Case the Person who would have been liable if Death had not ensued shall be liable to an Action for Damages, notwithstanding the Death of the Person injured, and although the Death shall have been caused under such Circumstances as amount in Law to Felony.

S-II For whose Benefit Action shall be, and by whom to be brought.

II For whose Benefit Action shall be, and by whom to be brought.

II. And be it enacted, That every such Action shall be for the Benefit of the Wife, Husband, Parent, and Child of the Person whose Death shall have been so caused, and shall be brought by and in the Name of the Executor or Administrator of the Person deceased; and in every such Action the Jury may give such Damages as they may think proportioned to the Injury resulting from such Death to the Parties respectively for whom and for whose Benefit such Action shall be brought; and the Amount so recovered, after deducting the Costs not recovered from the Defendant, shall be divided amongst the before-mentioned Parties in such Shares as the Jury by their Verdict shall find and direct.

S-III Only One Action to lie, and Time of Commencement.

III Only One Action to lie, and Time of Commencement.

III. Provided always, and be it enacted, That not more than One Action shall lie for and in respect of the same Subject Matter of Complaint, and that every such Action shall be commenced within Twelve Calendar Months after the Death of such deceased Person.

S-IV Plaintiff to deliver a full Particular of the...

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