Wrongful Death Lawyers
Has someone in your life been taken from you because of the careless or negligent actions of another? Sometimes, life insurance just isn’t enough to cover your expenses, and trying to make ends meet after the loss of a loved one can prolong your grief and tax your body and heart that much more. Unnecessary loss of life is something for which you can be compensated in British Columbia.
Claims for wrongful death are governed by the Family Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996. Chapter 126 and the associated common law.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
In wrongful death claims spouses, children and other dependents can be entitled to compensation for financial losses for the wrongful death of a loved one. There can also be compensation for burial costs and other associated costs. Only financial losses are recoverable. Examples of these include:
- Loss of financial support (or loss of dependency)
- Loss of household services and childcare
- Loss of guidance, care and companionship
- Loss of inheritance
- Management fees
- Tax Gross-up
If the deceased family member lost their life due to an accident and they provided any kind of quantifiable service to the family, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Even the loss of those members of the family who are not breadwinners can have a profound impact on the family in a financial way. Even though homemakers do not technically have a salary, the service and work they provide for a household has a high value and is recognized by the Courts.
Children who are minors or who have a special need for parental guidance can also seek monetary compensation from a court of law.
In order to prove your damages in a wrongful death suit you will need to get expert evidence from medical and economic experts to prove your claims. Taylor & Blair LLP has been dealing with medical specialists and economists who specialize in wrongful death claims for over 30 years.
What Compensation Is Available For Loss of Life and Wrongful Death Claims?
Because the facts and circumstances surrounding each case are different, each case is unique and requires careful handling and expert examination. As some of the most experienced personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, we have over 30 years of experience handling all kinds of injuries ranging from minor whiplash cases to serious brain injuries. What each case is worth and what compensation you’re entitled to depends on the specific facts of the case. However, generally speaking in personal injury claims you can seek compensation (also called damages) for:
- Pain and suffering (or non-pecuniary damages)
- Past loss of Income
- Future loss of income
- Loss of capacity to earn income
- Loss of homemaking capacity
- Cost of future care
- Out of pocket medical expenses (or special damages)
- In-trust claims