Fatal Accidents Amendment Act 2008


Fatal Accidents Amendment Act 2008


1.           Short title                                                                         2

2.           Commencement                                                               2

3.           The Act amended                                                             2

4.           Section 5 amended                                                           2

5.           Section 10 repealed                                                          3


Fatal Accidents Amendment Act 2008

No. 20 of 2008

An Act to amend the Fatal Accidents Act 1959.


[Assented to 19 May 2008]



The Parliament of Western Australia enacts as follows:


1.           Short title

             This is the Fatal Accidents Amendment Act 2008.

2.           Commencement

             This Act comes into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3.           The Act amended

             The amendments in this Act are to the Fatal Accidents Act 1959.

4.           Section 5 amended

     (1)    Section 5(2) is amended by deleting the full stop and inserting instead —


    (d)    any damages for the pain or suffering of the deceased person or for any bodily or mental harm suffered by the deceased person or for the curtailment of the deceased person’s expectation of life that, because of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1941 section 4(2a), are recovered or recoverable for the benefit of the deceased person’s estate.


     (2)    After section 5(2) the following subsection is inserted —

    (3)    Subsection (2)(d) applies to an action that is, or could be, brought under this Act whether the cause of action accrues before, on or after the day on which the Fatal Accidents Amendment Act 2008 commences (commencement day) but does not apply to —

    (a)    an action that was finalised before commencement day by a judgment of a court or by agreement of the parties to the action; or

    (b)    a claim, in respect of an action that could have been brought under this Act, that was finalised before commencement day by agreement of the parties to the prospective action.


5.           Section 10 repealed

             Section 10 is repealed.




By Authority: JOHN A. STRIJK, Government Printer