How Insurance Companies Can Benefit More From Death Than Injury

If a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be surprised to learn that their life is not worth too much in the eyes of the Court.  Generally, each province has a capped amount that an immediate family member may be awarded in such a situation.  In Ontario, family members are typically limited to $100,000.

However, some wrongful death cases can result in multi-million dollar awards if the dependents are denied the income. Yet, in order to receive big numbers, you need to find a good team of lawyers that will tough it out and stand up to the insurance bullies.

At MILLARS, we have experience supporting a family who has been traumatized by this type of loss and we have the experience to navigate you through the process with as much compassion and power as possible.

Am I Eligible?

According to the Family Law Act, you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim if the deceased is your:

– spouse;

– child;

– parent;

– sibling;

– grandparents; or

– grandchild.

What Type of Compensation is Available?

In Ontario, the family may be entitled to recover damages for:

– Pain and suffering;

– loss of care, guidance and companionship; and finally

– loss of future income and benefits; and

– funeral and burial expenses.

It is important that you consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your rights to bring a claim are preserved. Immediacy is key, because there may be other notice periods and statutes of limitation that may apply. Also, depending on how your loved one passed, there may be additional legislation that would limit your recovery.

Once you’ve taken you time to process the profound loss, we will be there to assist you in launching a wrongful death claim. We can ensure your rights are preserved while you take continued time to grieve.

To discuss what compensation you may be entitled to due to the death of your loved one, call MILLARS today.

(519) 657-1LAW or 

By: Melissa R. Scott B.A., J.D.

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