Jakki Smith, an NHS worker, invoked human rights legislation when she was denied bereavement damages on her partner’s death.

John Bulloch, her partner of 16 years, a former prison governor, died as a result of medical negligence. A fixed sum of £12,980 is usually paid to a spouse, but the same rights did not apply to cohabiting couples.

Teri Gauge-Klein comments on the bereavement award, as provided for by the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.

Landmark ruling gives greater rights to cohabitees is available to read on the Your Money website.

Teri is an associate in the personal injury and clinical negligence team. She acts on a variety of personal injury matters such as road traffic accidents, accidents at work, slips and trips and accidents in public places such as restaurants.