SUCCESS STORY: A family receives compensation for the unlawful death of their relative - Justice Centres Uganda

SUCCESS STORY: A family receives compensation for the unlawful death of their relative

This story elaborates the steps taken by a family that sought legal action in respect to the unlawful death of Anthony, who they alleged died in the course of execution of his duties at work. Anthony worked as a mechanic crusher for a certain company from 2020 and sadly passed on early this year, leaving behind four children aged between 2 months & 9 years. His family was able to process Letters of Administration and the same were granted to his aunt Patricia to enable the family to pursue legal action.

The family was referred to JCU Masaka by FIDA-UGANDA for legal representation. Patricia emphasised that the deceased was the breadwinner for the four children who are at the moment in care of their mothers, who were given assistance – whenever possible – by Anthony’s family. Clearly the family needed assistance and compensation from Anthony’s employers in order to take care of the family he left behind.

JCU invited the parties for mediations and negotiations were carried out both physically and virtually (during the COVID lockdown) until the parties successfully resolved the matter. Anthony’s family was compensated with UGX 32,513,140 plus UGX. 600,000 to cover the burial expenses. JCU followed up on Patricia and discovered that she used the money to purchase two pieces of land for the orphans and also catered for burial expenses.

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