Losing a family member can be the hardest time in someone’s life, especially if his or her death was caused by the negligence or deliberate actions of someone else. If your family member died of any unnatural cause you may have the right to damages paid for wrongful death from the person or organization at fault.
What is Wrongful Death?
A death caused by the negligence or actions of another party, and in which the deceased was in no way at fault, may be considered a wrongful death. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:
- motor vehicle accidents
- faulty machinery
- personal assault
- workplace accidents
- struck by a vehicle
- medical malpractice
- manufacture defects
- defective products
A wrongful death suit must be filed by a representative on behalf of the surviving family members who are suffering due to the loss of the deceased. It is usually the executor to the deceased’s estate but it may also include immediate family members, life partners, financial dependents and distant family members. Like most legal claims, there is a time frame for which a person can file a suit so be sure to acquire legal help as soon as possible.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Compensation for wrongful death is determined by many different factors that range from wages lost, to pain and suffering of family members. Some common damages that may be collected include:
- lost wages
- funeral expenses
- medical bills
- pain and suffering
- grief and sorrow of family members
Who Pays Compensation?
When filing for damages different people may be held liable. For example, if a TTC bus causes the death of your family member the driver and/or the TTC may be held liable. Other examples include:
- driver of at fault vehicle
- driver and/or employer of a delivery vehicle, bus, taxi cab, any work place vehicle
- manufacturer of a faulty piece of machinery
- contractor who installs a faulty piece of equipment at the facility where the accident happened
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