Year: 1960 Source: British Medical Journal, no.5198, (August 1960), p.610 SIEC No: 20052052

At Common Law it used not to be a tort for which compensation could be claimed, to cause the death of another. However, the Fatal Accidents Act, 1946, has encroached upon this rule. This action lies at the suit of the administrator of the deceased for the benefit of certain relatives, if they have suffered damage by the death. The death in question may be the result of death by suicide caused by some unbalancing of the mind arising from an accident. If the person was considered legally insane at the time of his death by suicide he may be excused from the guilt of the crime. (LC)