New Westminster Wrongful Death Lawyer
The loss of a loved one is among life’s greatest tragedies. Not knowing exactly what happened or why it happened can be one of the most difficult aspects of a sudden, catastrophic death in the family. Further compounding the uncertainty are the relentless medical bills, funeral expenses, and burial costs, all the while grappling with intense grief.
In these dark times, a personal injury lawyer can help you figure out what happened, who is responsible, and how much money you need to get by in the coming weeks, months, and years. Our Preszler team of New Westminster wrongful death lawyers are standing by ready to advocate for you.
What Does A Wrongful Death Lawyer Do?
A wrongful death lawyer can help in a variety of ways:
- Listening compassionately to your concerns and helping you connect with local grief counselling
- Investigating to find out what happened to your loved one and who may have been responsible
- Securing expert witnesses, including doctors and accident reconstructionists, to build a case
- Tapping the expertise of forensic economists to argue for maximum future compensation
- Filling out all completed paperwork and taking care of court filing fees to pursue your claim
- Negotiating with the opposing party to gain compensation on your behalf
- Arguing your case in a court trial when settlement talks stall
- Ensuring the wrongful death suit loser pays what you are owed in-full and on-time
- Combating attempts at appeal to uphold the court’s decision
Whether the cause of death was a car accident, a slip-and-fall, a defective product, medical malpractice, or some other mishap, it is not recommended that you go it alone, due to the complexity of proving these cases.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
We generally pursue claims on behalf of the following parties:
- A spouse (or a person living with the decedent for at least two years)
- A child (dependent on the decedent)
- A parent (or grandparent)
- A stepparent (who lived with a child’s parent at least two years and supported the child at least one year)
Time Limit for Filing Wrongful Death Claim in B.C.
New Westminster residents have up to two years from the date of death to file a claim with ICBC or another defendant. These timelines can be very restrictive, but there are occasional allowances outside this window if the facts surrounding the case have only recently come to light.
Contact Preszler Law today
We understand the financial and emotional stress your family is under, which is why our New Westminster wrongful death lawyers work based on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid unless you get paid. Our local law offices are easily accessible on either side of the Fraser River in Surrey and Burnaby. We are proud to serve nearly 71,000 residents in New Westminster in Lower Mainland British Columbia with compassionate and professional experience. Contact us for a free consultation to learn what financial recovery might be available in your case. Get the answers you deserve.