Losing a loved one at any time is completely and totally devastating. Losing a spouse, child, parent, sibling or other family member as a result of an accident is especially difficult and leaves the surviving family with unimaginable grief. Particularly after an unexpected loss, a grieving family shouldn’t have to deal with the torment of insurance policies and funeral costs.
At Feifel Gualazzi, we give you the time and resources you need to grieve, so you don’t have to spend time dealing with insurance adjusters when you should be with loved ones. If you choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, our lawyers are here to make the process as effortless as possible. Contact us for a free consultation and let us spare you needless work in your time of grief.
In your time of loss, you deserve to be cared for. Whether or not you decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after a motor vehicle accident, motorcycle or ATV accident, you’re still entitled to no-fault benefits from your own insurance company. In Ontario, your insurance company will cover some costs to help surviving family members pay for expenses like funeral costs and grief counselling.
The negligence of another person may have caused the fatal accident. In such cases, surviving family members are entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can do that work for you.
Damage recovery for wrongful death will cover direct costs associated with the loss. It also addresses intangible harm to the survivors resulting from the death of their loved one. Potential damages may include:
Compensation for loss of guidance, care and companionship
Compensation for costs required to replace work that would have been done by the deceased
Loss of family income that would have been earned by the deceased
Payment for care and visitation costs if the deceased was injured before death
Many families encounter conflicting feelings about deciding to seek compensation for wrongful death. Of course, no amount of money can ever replace your loved one. You may feel you aren’t entitled to seek financial remuneration, but under Ontario law, you can pursue a wrongful death claim if:
You’re a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent or sibling of the deceased
Someone else’s negligent behaviour killed your loved one
Your loved one might have been entitled to claim for damages had they survived
The death has caused you to suffer an injury of your own
While it can be challenging to take that first step, a prompt call to a wrongful death lawyer can ensure you meet the necessary deadlines. Ontario law sets time limits within which you might file a wrongful death lawsuit. In general, that limit is two years. If you intend to sue a municipality in Ontario, the time limit is significantly shorter.
To ensure your case can proceed effectively, here are some steps you can take to sufficiently equip your lawyer with the necessary evidence:
Keep any medical records you receive in an easily accessible location
See your doctor for evaluation of your own physical and psychological condition
Keep a journal to help you process your grief and to have a record of your quality of life after losing your loved one
In your time of grief, every little task can seem overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support. The lawyers at Feifel Gualazzi can handle the insurance adjusters and help you get the compensation you deserve. We have our office in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and are available to assist clients anywhere in Algoma District. Contact us for a free consultation.