ON 26 AUGUST 1846, the UK Parliament passed the Fatal Accidents Act 1846, also known as Lord Campbell’s Act.
Close relatives of a person killed by the wrongdoing of another were entitled by this Act to recover damages that the common law did not previously allow. The provision has been legislated in common law jurisdictions around the world. The Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 (NSW) introduced similar provisions in New South Wales.
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