Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Has your loved one passed as a result of someone else’s negligence? In Canada, a Wrongful Death has occured when someone has been killed due to the neglect or fault of someone else.

In many cases, the recklessness or negligence of others during events concerning car accidents, bicycle accidents, unsafe working conditions or medical negligence result in too many preventable deaths. 

The loss of a loved one can cause severe emotional and financial hardships. Contact Wissenz Law and learn about your rights, and what steps you can take to ensure that your family does not suffer anymore than they already are. 

If you believe that your loved one has passed away due to someone else’s negligence, and you’re suffering from the financial and emotional fallout, Wissenz Law can help you set your life back in order, as near to it as possible. We are so sorry for your loss, and extend our condolences to you and all your affected loved ones.


What is considered to be a “Wrongful Death” in Canada?

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.

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: 

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
  • Premise Liability Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Accidental Poisoning and Overdoses
  • Drowning or Boating Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents and Illnesses

What should I do if I suspect my loved one has been killed by Wrongful Death?

Wrongful Deaths affect so many more people than just those who have suffered from them. It can be a traumatic experience for all those involved, especially when you aren’t sure about your legal rights or next steps. Our team is here to help you throughout your recovery — physically, financially  and emotionally. You can rely on Wissenz Law to be by your side during this traumatic time, and get you the compensation that you deserve.

Bereavement Support Groups in Ontario

Circle of Care helps to support people going through the grief of losing a loved one through several Mount Sinai bereavement programs. Copy or click the link below to learn about and register for one of their programs. 


In addition, CAMH has compiled a resource of other bereavement support groups available throughout Canada. Follow the link below for more details on the programs provided, and how to register.