Fatal Accidents (Wrongful Death)
Fatal Accidents, wrongful death is a legal term used to describe the circumstances in which one the negligence of one person causes the death of another.
Often, wrongful death claims arise because of reckless or negligent driving of another motorist. If this occurs, family members of the person wrongfully killed may be entitled to significant compensation.
In BC, The Family Compensation Act provides the legal framework for compensating the family members of a person killed by the wrongful act or negligence of another person.
The Family Compensation Act permits spouse (including same sex and common law spouses), children (including adopted children and stepchildren), parents and grandparents to claim compensation for the death of their loved one.
Fatal Accident (Wrongful Death) Compensation may be claimed for:
- loss of love
- guidance and affection
- loss of past and future financial support
- loss of household services
- loss of inheritance
- medical, hospital and funeral expenses.
Establishing the claims for loss of financial support and household services can be quite involved in some cases. Buckley and Company has the experience, and the economic experts when necessary, to quantify these complicated issues.
Under Part 7 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act as a Family member you may also be entitled to “no-fault” death benefits in cases where the wrongful death occurred in the course of a motor vehicle accident.
Buckley and Company have vast experience in the wrongful death legal process following the loss of a loved one. We also know that the loss of a loved one has devastating consequences, both emotionally and financially, we always maintain our priority in assuring the future financial security of surviving family members.