Fatalities and Wrongful Death Claim Lawyers
Losing a family member, regardless of the situation, is devastating. If you have suffered such a loss due to the wrongful act or neglect of another party, you and your family may be entitled to compensation beyond that of any life insurance policy.
Fatal Accidents Act and Wrongful Death Claims
In Alberta, the Fatal Accidents Act allows for certain immediate family members of the deceased including the spouse, parents and children to be compensated set amounts. The Act allows for loved ones to be fully reimbursed for any expenses they incur as a result of the accident and sets the damages to be awarded for the bereavement of family members.
The Fatal Accidents Act allows you to claim damages for:
- Bereavement, which includes grief, suffering and the loss of care and companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Counselling expenses
- Loss of dependency on income
Our Injury Law Team has years of experience helping bereaved families. We help you navigate the law, and will help you understand the legal process surrounding your rights to compensation under the Fatal Accidents Act. We have an in-depth knowledge of this area of law, and we are committed to treating every wrongful death claim with sensitivity and care.
Fatal Accidents Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accidents
Under Section 8 of the Fatal Accidents Act, close family members of the deceased have a right to claim for compensation from the wrongdoer for grief, loss of guidance and care and
companionship of the deceased person in the amount of $82,000 to the parents of the deceased person to be divided equally, and $49,000 to each child of the deceased person.
There are also additional claims which can be advanced for loss of dependency for surviving spouses and minor children or other dependents.
Section B of your insurance policy also provides for payment of a specified death benefit of up to $10,000. If the person who died was the head of the household, an additional $15,000 for a surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner and an additional $4,000.00 for each additional dependent living in the household. The insurance policy also covers funeral expenses up to the sum of $6,150 and grief counselling up to $500/person.
Common Causes of Fatal Accidents
Fatal accidents are almost always a shock to everyone involved. There are many types of accidents that can lead to fatalities. KMSC has experience working with the families of victims who were lost in:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, or boat accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions
Free No-Obligation Consultations For Bereaved Family Members
Every circumstance is unique. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, please book a free consultation with our team of experienced personal injury lawyers.
We have offices in Grande Prairie, Fairview, Edmonton, La Crete and Spirit River. We serve all of Alberta, including Fort McMurray, Grande Cache, High Level, High Prairie, Manning, Peace River, Sexsmith, Slave Lake, and Valleyview.