If your loved one has recently lost his or her life as a result of another party’s negligence, our experienced Ontario wrongful death lawyer is prepared to assist you. To learn more about how our firm can guide you through the claims process ahead, continue reading and contact our firm.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Spouses, parents, children, grandchildren, grandparents, and siblings of someone who has suffered a wrongful death may file a wrongful death claim by proving the following factors:
- The decedent lost their life due to another party’s negligence
- The decedent lost their life under circumstances wherein they would have been entitled to financial compensation had they not lost their life
- You, the decedent’s family member, suffered damages due to the wrongful death of your loved one
What damages can I recover in a wrongful death case?
You should recover a wide array of damages in a wrongful death claim if your loved one recently lost his or her life as a direct result of another party’s negligence. The following are the damages that you should recover:
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of care, companionship, and guidance your loved one provided
- The cost of medical care given to your loved one before they passed
- Increased expenses as a result of your loved one passing
- The cost of lost wages that your loved one would have provided to your family
- The cost of travel to visit your loved one while they were receiving medical care before passing
What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Ontario?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is generally two years in Ontario. This means that you will have two years from the date of death to take legal action against the negligent party responsible. If your loved one wrongfully lost his or her life in a municipality in Ontario, you will have less time to file a Notice of Claim. This is why it is recommended that you speak with an experienced lawyer who can walk you through the process ahead. Failure to file your claim within the statute of limitations may result in your being permanently time-barred from taking legal action and recovering compensation. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started today, give our firm a call when you’re ready. We will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve.