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Cox v Ergo Versicherung AG (formerly Victoria)

In Cox v Ergo Versicherung [2014] UKSC 22, the Supreme Court has ruled on the law applicable to damages suffered by dependants of a person killed in an accident abroad. Christopher Cox, a serving British Army officer was killed when he was knocked of his bicycle in Germany. His widow sued the German car driver’s insurer in England. The court held that she did not have the benefit of the special rules for the assessment of damages which applied under the Fatal Accidents Acts, but that general English law principles of damages assessment applied.

Alexander Layton QC acted for Mrs Cox (instructed by Leigh Day)