Litigation Recent Decisions 19/09/95

'Dependant' under Fatal Accident Act 197Pounder v London Underground (1995).

QBD (1995) PIQR P217

Summary:Whether girlfriend of deceased railworker qualified as a dependant under s.1 (3) Fatal Accidents Act 1976 where there had been broken periods in their cohabitation.

Claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 by deceased's girlfriend, who had had two children by the deceased, against deceased's employer where deceased's mother was also a claimant. On a preliminary issue as to whether the plaintiff was a dependant as, although the couple had been associated for ten years, there were broken periods in their association and the deceased had given his mother's name as next of kin and used his parents' address for official documents.