It is never easy to lose a close family member, but the shock that comes with a fatal accident compounds the feelings of loss. Families need to know that a fatality caused by a wrongful act or negligence can give rise to a legal claim under the B.C. Family Compensation Act. The law recognizes that while money cannot compensate for the loss of a family member, it can replace the financial support that the deceased would have provided for his or her dependants had he or she lived.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, it's important to retain a lawyer who understands the Family Compensation Act and has experience in wrongful death claims. Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP has successfully represented many brave families that have pursued legal claims after an untimely death. Some of our clients have lost family members in plane crashes, adventure sports and automobile accidents. Initial consultations with our lawyers are free, and we are committed to treating every wrongful death claim with the care and sensitivity it deserves.
Common Causes of Fatalities
Excessive speed, pedestrian accidents, head-on collisions and impaired driving can all lead to fatalities. Families left behind after a tragic and unexpected loss may be ill-prepared for the legal proceedings that must be undertaken to obtain fair compensation. The lawyers at Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP can provide strong support during this difficult time and handle all legal aspects of the claim, so you can focus on your family.
Filing a Legal Claim for Compensation
It's impossible to put a dollar value upon human life. However, when a person is killed in an accident, his or her loved ones suffer not only emotionally, but also financially. The B.C. Family Compensation Act allows the spouse, child or parent of a person killed in an accident to commence a legal action against the at-fault party to recover the financial benefits that he or she may have received had the family member lived.
Those who have lost a family member may potentially receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of guidance, care and companionship
- Loss of the deceased family member's financial support
- Loss of the deceased family member's contribution to household services and child care
- Loss of inheritance
Contact Our Firm
Every family circumstance is unique. To learn how we may be able to help you, schedule a free consultation with our lawyers. Please call 604-259-0846 in Vancouver or 866-826-9772 toll free elsewhere in Vancouver or contact us online to make an appointment.