The term Wrongful Death means an individual’s death is caused by the negligent behavior of another person. A significant number of wrongful death claims occur due to motorist’s driving habits that are reckless or negligent. In cases of wrongful death, surviving family members may be entitled to considerable financial compensation for their loss. The legal framework in British Columbia for dealing with these cases is outlined in the Family Compensation Act.
In the event of a wrongful death, the Family Compensation Act allows surviving family members to claim financial support. This extends to the loss of the loved one’s income and the loss of household services they previously performed. The Family Compensation Act provides for compensation to spouses (including common law and same sex spouses), children (including stepchildren and adopted children), parents, and grandparents in their claims. The action must be brought by the personal representative of the deceased on behalf of all claimants.
Under Part 7 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act, in cases where the wrongful death occurred in the course of a motor vehicle accident, family members may be entitled to “no-fault” death benefits.
The loss of a loved one is devastating, both emotionally and financially. No monetary value is high enough to match your loss. However, we can help ease the financial burden resulting from your loss and assist your family’s future financial security.