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A wrongful death lawyer will help you pick up the pieces
Unfortunately, you never know when you might need to consult with a wrongful death lawyer like MG Law. In 2017, the last year on record, Transport Canada’s National Collision Database reported 1,679 fatal car accidents in the Great White North. Fatal car accidents are one of the leading causes of wrongful death, alongside things like medical malpractice and product liability. With fatal car accidents still in the thousands, it’s important that you know more about wrongful death claims.
Firstly, the legal basis for claims in fatal accidents is found in the Family Law Act. As a family member, it is your right to claim damages for the loss of care, guidance and companionship when someone you know is killed. While any financial amount is never enough to replace the loss of a loved one, wrongful death compensation is the only thing courts can award to help ease the burden.
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Who can file a wrongful death claim?
In Ontario, wrongful death claims fall under Part V of the Family Law Act. This regulates the rights of spouses and dependents on the above-mentioned matters. On behalf of the victim; spouses, children, grandparents, siblings, grandchildren, and essentially any blood relative can pursue a wrongful death claim. Those making the claim must prove that they were dependent on the victim in some way or another.
Pecuniary damages are much easier to determine an exact amount, as there are specific invoices for any expenses. Non-pecuniary damages tend to lack invoices and can be more difficult to determine an exact amount.
In most cases, the courts seem to be fairly consistent in terms of dollars awarded for non-pecuniary damages. This actually works to speed up the process as insurance companies and their legal team can determine how much should be assessed in each individual case much faster.
How long do you have to make a wrongful death claim?
According to the statute of limitations, in Ontario, a claim can be filed up to two years after the victim’s death. Minors are also able to make a claim and have until two years after they become of legal age to do so. For example, if a 16-year-old wishes to make a wrongful death claim because they had lost a family member due to third party negligence, that individual would have time, until they turn 20-years-old, to file the claim.
Turn to MG Law – the wrongful death lawyer on your side
We understand how difficult and devastating the process of losing a loved one can be. Let us be the voice of reason on your side and let us get the wrongful death compensation you and your family deserves.
Our team provides legal services in English, French, Greek, Mandarin, Russian, and all Arabic dialects to serve you better. Call 613-730-8460 to get your free consultation. This meeting will allow us to get to know you, and learn more about your wrongful death claim, while at the same time allowing you to have your questions answered. You don’t have to face this challenging time in your life alone with MG Law at your side.
Important steps to take when injured
It’s important to remember that injuries can take some time to present themselves. If you’ve been in a bad accident, it’s important to take these steps regardless of how you feel, as it may take a few days or weeks for the full extent of your injuries to become apparent.
Police reports are a valuable part of any court proceeding, so ensuring that the police have all the information you have available will reflect positively on your case.
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