Wrongful Death FAQs: What To Do When Your Loved One Has Passed Away As The Result of Someone’s Negligence
The unexpected loss of a loved one can cause severe emotional and financial hardship. A successful wrongful death lawsuit may result in compensation for the deceased’s spouse and close family, such as children, parents, and siblings.
Did your loved one died because of a vehicle crash, a fall, a faulty product, medical treatment gone very wrong, or by some other means? First of all, you have our sincere condolences. Let us meet with you to review the circumstances and discuss the possibility of moving forward with litigation.
WRONGFUL DEATH: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE A WRONGFUL DEATH IN ONTARIO?
A wrongful death has occurred when it is the result of someone else’s negligence.
For example, if your loved one has died due to their employer’s lack of workplace safety standards or due to the hazardous environment that someone has created, then it is considered to be a Wrongful Death. If someone is to be blamed for creating the conditions under which your loved one has been killed, either through fault or by negligence, then you can file a claim for Wrongful Death.
Can I sue for Wrongful Death in Canada?
Yes. The deceased’s family members can file a Wrongful Death claim to recover both “pecuniary” and “non-pecuniary” damages within two years after the death has occurred. This means that a Wrongful Death claim in Ontario, Canada, can result in monetary compensation both for financial losses incurred (like funeral costs and lost wages) as well as for losses that are not generally considered quantifiable, such as pain and suffering.
How long do I have to file a Wrongful Death claim after my loved one has passed?
You must file a Wrongful Death claim in court within two years after the death of your family member.
If your loved one’s death could have been prevented, but for the action or failure to act of some other person or persons, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with the financial and emotional fall out. Wissenz Law will make sure you receive all you are eligible and entitled to receive. Don’t put off that call as Limitation and Notice Periods may bar an action if missed.
What are the most common causes of Wrongful Death in Canada?
The most common types of Wrongful Death claims made in Canada are the result of one or more of the following scenarios:
Limitation Periods and Notice Periods