The loss of a loved one is a devastating reality and made even more traumatic by fault or accident. Wrongful death can occur as the result of work-related accidents, motor vehicle or plane accidents, medical malpractice or pharmaceutical errors, drunk driving, boating, snowmobiling or other recreational accidents, use of an unsafe product, medical malpractice, or assault.
Ability to cope with the loss can be mitigated to some extent by monetary compensation for loss of companionship, anticipated income loss and expenses incurred, and recovery of insurance benefits on accidental death. If you have any misgiving that your loved one’s death was due to a negligent party’s actions, it is wise for you to seek professional legal advice as soon as possible.
Ontario personal injury laws entitle surviving family members and dependants to a variety of benefits in the event of a wrongful death. Legitimate claims can result in compensation for pain, suffering and emotional trauma; funeral costs and/ or travel expenses; income replacement; financial support for spouses, children and other dependants; compensation for the loss of care, guidance and companionship; and payment for grief counselling and treatment of depression.
Even though it is an emotionally taxing time, you must understand that you have a limited window within which to bring legal action; claims are time-sensitive and action on behalf of the family must be taken immediately. An experienced personal injury lawyer will treat you with sensitivity, advise you of your rights and assist you in the details of initiating the claim.
At Ephraim Michael Law, we are available to respond to your call 24/7 with compassion and expertise.