Windsor Wrongful Death Lawyer
The preventable death of a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or other family member is a tragedy from which you may never fully recover. Whether the death was caused by negligence or violence, we understand that you feel utterly powerless in this senseless and devastating situation. Our Windsor wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for costs you have incurred as a result of your loved one’s death. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.
Traffic Collision Fatalities Statistics in Ontario
333 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2018, according to CTV News Windsor. There were over 72,000 collisions, an increase from the year before. Distracted driving, one of the leading causes of crashes, is at an all-time high thanks to cell phone use behind the wheel. Another serious risk on the roads are transport trucks; there were 55 deaths involving trucks in 2018, which was also higher than the year prior. 19 were killed using off-road vehicles, such as ATVs, while 24 were killed in snowmobile collisions. In many of these cases, distracted driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and alcohol were leading contributors to the fatalities. Drivers owe each other a duty of care while on the road, and even if the “accident” was a mistake that anyone could have made, such as failing to look carefully enough for a motorcyclist in a blind spot, negligence is never a valid excuse.
Negligent drivers need to be held accountable for their actions. Speeding due to impatience, cell phone and social media use due to boredom or vanity, and intoxication due to recklessness are all forms of disregard for others’ safety and well-being. Traffic collisions are not always simple when it comes to finding fault, which is why a rigorous investigation needs to be carried out in all crashes, particularly when a death has occurred.
Medical Errors Are a Leading Cause of Wrongful Death in Canada
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that preventable medical mistakes contribute to the deaths of between 9,000 and 24,000 patients annually, as reported by CBC News. Many of these medical errors go unnoticed by the victims’ families, and medical malpractice, in general, is often difficult to prove even when survivors notice that something went wrong. If you suspect that your loved one was prescribed or given the wrong medication, the doctor failed to promptly diagnose a serious condition, or a botched procedure or surgery led to your loved one’s death, the time to take legal action is now.
Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Ontario?
The following people with the relation to the deceased victim are eligible to file wrongful death claims on behalf of their lost loved one:
- Spouses (including common-law)
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
No amount of compensation can bring back a loved one or absolve the negligence of the at-fault party. By working with our Windsor wrongful death lawyers, eligible relative may be able to recover costs associated with:
- Lost income the deceased would have likely earned throughout their lifetime;
- Loss of consortium—the guidance and companionship that was taken away from the dependants of the deceased
- Lost household and childcare services the deceased provided
- Pain and suffering of the deceased victim
- Medical expenses of the victim
- Loss of income of the claimant, such as not being able to work as a result of grief
- Travel expenses of the claimant and dependents during medical treatment before the death occurred
- Funeral and burial costs
CONTACT PRESZLER INJURY LAWYERS
If your close relative was killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our Windsor wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To book your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.