There is nothing that can make up for the loss of someone you love. There are, however, legal options available if you have suffered the unexpected death of a family member in an accident or because of someone else’s negligence. You should not have to endure financial strain in addition to the emotional and daily consequences of losing a loved one.
Wrongful death compensation is intended to address the loss of care, guidance and companionship together with the financial burden associated with the accident and loss. In some cases, it may also cover expenses like loss of shared family income, loss of caregiving capacity and even punitive damages.
If you are in need of assistance after your loved one passed due to the negligence of another, you should contact a Toronto wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will be able to fight for your rights to compensation.
Determining Liability in a Toronto Wrongful Death Case
In Ontario, the courts understand that no amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one. Wrongful death compensation is intended to mitigate the economic ramifications of losing a family member. In some cases, victims’ families might also find emotional relief in holding a negligent party responsible for his or her reckless behavior.
Wrongful death compensation is available only in specific circumstances. If you intend to file a wrongful death claim, you will have to demonstrate that you have sufficient grounds to do so.
You will be expected to prove:
- There is a liable party whose actions — or lack thereof — contributed directly to your loved one’s death;
- The liable party displayed negligence or recklessness, or deliberately caused injury and/or death;
- Your loved one’s death has caused you or your family to sustain damages.
Toronto wrongful death lawyers can speak with you about the facts of your case to determine if you have a viable wrongful death claim. If they believe there are sufficient grounds for such a case, they will work with you to collect the necessary evidence to prove such a claim.
Importance of Legal Representation
Our experienced wrongful death lawyers in Toronto, Ontario have handled many wrongful death claims over the course of five decades. We understand the nuances of Ontario’s wrongful death laws as well as the applicable legal precedents. We can discuss the circumstances of your case and help you determine if you are qualified to file a wrongful death claim.
The law dictates that only family members may legally pursue a wrongful death claim. Some of the relatives that may be entitled to file include:
- Any child or children (if the child is a minor, the courts may appoint a guardian to represent the child’s interests and to secure the minor child’s financial future)
Potential Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
Some of the types of compensation that may be available with the help of a wrongful death attorney in Toronto include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of care, guidance and companionship
- Medical costs (accrued prior to death)
- Loss of income for the family
- Loss of caregiving capacity
- Loss of household services
- Punitive damages (applicable in some cases of negligent or criminal behavior)
- Other damages when available
Contacting a Toronto Wrongful Death Lawyer
Contact Preszler Law Firm today if you believe you are qualified to file a wrongful death claim. We can guide you through every step of the process.
As with any injury claim, lawyers cannot guarantee the success of your wrongful death claim, nor can we predict the exact amount of compensation you will receive in the event of a wrongful death settlement. We can, however, offer an educated projection about your options and possible results.