Wrongful Death Claims
There is nothing more devastating than losing someone you love in an accident. These lethal accidents can occur as a result of someone else’s negligence in a variety of situations such as a car, truck, pedestrian or motorcycle accidents to name a few. If you have lost someone you love, it is imperative you do not hesitate to consult with an experienced Toronto wrongful death lawyer.
What Qualifies As Wrongful Death?
Unfortunately, thousands of wrongful deaths occur every year, and many lead to lawsuits. When a person’s negligence or intentional acts lead to the death of another, the family of the victim has a right to expect compensation. The family members often need an experienced lawyer to protect their rights and to investigate the circumstances of the accident, to determine whether it was preventable and to protect the rights of the surviving family members. A wrongful death claim can be made by family members who have lost a loved one due to the unlawful behaviors of someone else.
Types Of Incidents That May Qualify As Wrongful Death
Wrongful death does not include just any kind of incident that causes the death of another. The negligent or intentional behavior of a 3rd party must have caused the death. This requirement can make some cases more obvious than others and cover a wide range of incidents.
For example, the following can potentially qualify as wrongful death claims:
- Workplace accidents due to deficient training or oversight
- Unlawful actions like stabbings, assaults or other forms of attacks causing death
- Motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired driving, texting or recklessness
- Drowning accidents under premises liability
- Medical malpractice by doctors failing to treat an illness correctly
- Defective products or drugs causing death
Can I File A Toronto Wrongful Death Claim?
If you have lost someone in an accident caused by another party, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against that individual or business. Those eligible for compensation include the spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and siblings of the deceased person. There is no requirement for a person to have been financially dependent on the deceased person to be eligible for compensation. To determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, you should consult with a lawyer about the circumstances of your case.
At Affinity law, our lawyers have over 30 years of combined experience in helping families who have suffered the most tragic losses. We have real experience in advocating claims arising from fatal accidents and in helping recover the benefits and financial compensation for families. We have dedicated resources, for conducting appropriate investigations, to root cause the incidents and determine who is responsible.
It is important to note that a statute of limitations exists in cases of wrongful death claims. This means that there is a time limit before filing a wrongful death claim. You must act quickly if you wish to obtain compensation. We help families navigate the complex legal claims that often follow from the loss of a loved one.
What Damages Are Recoverable In A Toronto Wrongful Death Claim?
While no amount of money will bring back your loved one, a person filing a wrongful death claim may be able to recover financial compensation for three general types of damages.
Economic Damages – These include funeral and medical expenses related to the death, loss of the deceased’s future earnings, and loss of the deceased’s future benefits.
Non-Economic Damages – These damages are things that have less tangible value. This includes pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of inheritance, and loss of consortium.
Punitive Damages – Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in addition to economic and non-economic damages as a way of punishing the responsible party for willful or grossly negligent acts.
Contact Our Toronto & GTA Lawyers
We intimately know the criteria that is applied in the legal and insurance claims process and we effectively advocate for our client’s best interests. No matter whether the incident involved a motor vehicle crash or the use of a defective product or drug, we have the experience you need to investigate your claim and take the necessary legal steps properly.
If you would like to discuss your case, give us a call today at (647) 846-2037 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a completely free and confidential consultation of your case. We are here to help you and your family.