Fatal Injuries Act, 1956


2.—(1) In this Act—

“dependant”, in relation to a person whose death is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default, means any member of the family of the deceased who suffers loss;

“member of the family” means wife, husband, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister;

“wrongful act, neglect, or default” includes a crime.

(2) In deducing any relationship for the purposes of this Act,—

(a) a person adopted under the Adoption Act, 1952 (No. 25 of 1952),

shall be considered the legitimate offspring of the adopter or adopters;

(b) subject to paragraph (a), an illegitimate person shall be considered the legitimate offspring of his mother and reputed father;

(c) a person in loco parentis to another shall be considered the parent of that other.