Sadly, the result of a motor vehicle or other personal injury accident is sometimes the death of a loved one. When such a tragedy occurs, a family member including a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent and grandchild may bring a claim against the negligent party for damages under the Ontario Family Law Act.
These damages may include claims for:
- Funeral expenses;
- Travel expenses incurred in visiting the person during his or her treatment or recovery;
- Where, as a result of the injury, the claimant provides nursing, housekeeping or other services for the person, a reasonable allowance for loss of income or the value of the services; and
- An amount to compensate for the loss of guidance, care and companionship that the claimant might reasonably have expected to receive from the person if the injury or death had not occurred.
You may wish to pursue a claim for wrongful death if you or a loved one requires financial assistance as a result of the loss of the deceased’s income or in order to help ensure that the behavior resulting in the tragedy does not reoccur.
In the event that you have experienced the death of a loved one as a result of another’s negligence, the Toronto personal injury lawyers at Goodman Halioua LLP can assist you in recovering maximum financial compensation. As there are applicable time restrictions within which to advance a wrongful death lawsuit, you should not delay in consulting a personal injury lawyer with expertise in wrongful death.