Wrongful Death Claims

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Under certain circumstances, you can claim compensation under the Family Compensation Act if a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle accident. The Act is woefully inadequate, and has been the subject of much needed reform.

The Act limits the class of family members who can bring a claim for compensation to:

  • the spouse of the deceased, including a common law spouse
  • the children of the deceased, including children if the deceased was a stepparent, or had acted in the role of a parent
  • the parents of the deceased, including grandparents and stepparents (under certain circumstances) of the deceased

A Court can award compensation for:

  • loss of love, care, and guidance, however only for the children of the deceased
  • past and future loss of financial support
  • pass and future loss of household services
  • medical and hospital expenses
  • funeral and related expenses
  • loss of inheritance
  • tax gross-up and management fees, with respect to a future loss award
  • Public Guardian and Trustee fees

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Please contact Veale Law for a free consultation if you have any questions relating to a wrongful death claim for you or your family members.