No one plans for the unexpected death of a vital family member. Car accidents, surgeries gone wrong, consumer good defects, and slip-and-fall accidents can take our loved ones from us without warning. We’re left reeling, wondering what happened, while further crushed by the financial worries of losing a primary breadwinner’s income, paying medical bills out of the estate, and finding a way to cover the funeral and burial costs. Our Preszler team of Prince George wrongful death lawyers are here to help you find a way to figure out what happened to your loved one, seek justice, so you can find the peace of mind to grieve your loss.
Can You File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Usually, it’s a spouse who begins a wrongful death cause of action. British Columbia’s Family Compensation Act allows for an expanded definition of “spouse.” A so-called “common-law spouse” may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit if the parties lived together for at least two years, within not more than a year. In that way, an estranged spouse or partner may still collect benefits. Spouses can claim medical expenses (that would’ve otherwise come out of the estate), funeral and burial costs, loss of household services, loss of future wages, and loss of companionship.
Child dependents are the second-most-common beneficiaries of wrongful death lawsuits. Children can claim loss of training, guidance, affection, protection, and moral support. They can sue for loss of benefits or gifts, and loss of financial support they would have received had the parent survived.
Preszler Law can help you explore your full set of options.
Should You File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Deciding whether to file a wrongful death lawsuit or not, is a very personal decision. Some benefits include:
Time Limits for Wrongful Death
You have up to two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim with the ICBC or another defendant. It can be difficult to work around this window, but sometimes facts and circumstances emerge later, enabling you to recognize a seemingly accidental death as a wrongful death. It is always best to contact a personal injury lawyer if you have any questions about what happened to your loved one. We can investigate to find out who or what contributed to your loss.
What Do Prince George Wrongful Death Lawyers Cost?
You pay nothing upfront. When you work with us you:
Our service includes communications in your language of choice, whether it’s English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Hindi, Farsi, or Urdu. Contact us, free of charge, to speak with a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer who has experience dealing with the ICBC and navigating British Columbia’s Family Compensation Act.