What do you need to know about fatal accident claims?
The loss of a loved one is devastating, and the thought of pursuing legal action in a time of grief may seem intimidating. Although no amount of compensation can begin to make up for your loss, knowing your legal options can help to make the process a little easier.
The law recognizes the significant position held by the deceased. An experienced lawyer will be able to emphasize the strength and importance of the relationship with the deceased, in order to properly convey the depth of your loss.
Financial compensation can help reduce the financial strain on family members caused by the passing. The Ontario Family Law Act allows for certain family members of the deceased to make a claim for compensation for the losses they suffered as a result of a fatal accident. Such family members include:
- Common law partner
- Step children
The law allows claims for both pecuniary and non-pecuniary losses. Pecuniary losses are financial losses, such as loss of income provided by the deceased or funeral and interment expenses. Non-pecuniary losses involve losses that are not inherently monetary, such as the loss of care, guidance, and companionship provided by the deceased.
With an experienced lawyer to help you through the entire process, advising you on claims and legal procedures, the process of receiving compensation for your loss will not add stress to your difficult time.
If you have recently suffered a loss due to a fatal accident, and you would like legal advice or have any questions we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with us.