A death that occurs due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else is called a wrongful death. Wrongful deaths can occur as a result of various situations, including automobile, motorcycle or boating accidents, a work-related accident, a faulty product, assault or medical malpractice.
A death of a loved one is a tragedy. An unexpected death is not only tragic but can also be debilitating to the finances of a family. If the primary breadwinner or caregiver of the family unexpectedly passes away, the surviving family may need assistance in coping.
There may be sources of compensation that can ease the financial impact from such a loss. Family members may be able to bring claims under the Family Law Act for things such as loss of guidance, care and companionship, loss of income and funeral and other expenses. Family members may also be able to make a claim to recover losses and damages for out-of-pocket expenses incurred for travelling or for the benefit of the deceased, the provision of nursing or housekeeping and other services to the deceased, as well as an allowance for the loss of income suffered by the family member.
No amount of money can replace a loved one, but a monetary award may help ease the burden and is the only way our legal system can compensate for the death of a loved one.
Rochon Genova's litigation team can advise of the options available, recommend, and initiate an appropriate course of action. Call us today for your free initial consultation.