Everyone mourns in their own way. In the aftermath of the tragic death of a loved one, there is no set of guidelines for how to properly grieve, nor are there set timelines for how long the process should take.
When the negligence of another party or entity leads to the wrongful death of your close relative, the grieving process can take months, or even years. However, relatives who have sustained financial losses as the result of their family member’s wrongful death have only a short period of time in which to act to recover compensation.
In accordance with the province’s Limitations Act, bereaved family members who are entitled to take legal action have only two years from the date of their loved one’s death to pursue a wrongful death claim. Because of this two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, in order to pursue compensation, families in the province are often required to begin emotionally difficult legal proceedings at the height of their grief.
After the death of a close relative, bereaved family members may be forced to take on a number of costly, unexpected expenses. Although no amount of money will be able to replace your deceased relative, you may be entitled to compensation for expenses you paid out of pocket as a result of their death, in addition to non-economic damages you suffered because of your loss.
The province’s Fatal Accidents Act allows for only one civil action to be brought for the same subject. Therefore, if more than one family member decides to pursue a wrongful death claim, they must do so together. While the action must be brought by the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate, the following relatives could be eligible to participate in a wrongful death claim:
Grief is a process. When a close relative is killed in senseless, violent, and preventable circumstances, family members may justifiably experience a range of emotions, some of which they may never truly overcome. While bereaved family members may feel like they need time to mourn before engaging in civil litigation, if they do not act within a very narrow set of time limitations, they will forfeit their chances of recovering compensation.
Our compassionate, considerate wrongful death lawyers serving Cochrane handle all aspects of our clients’ claims so that they can focus on what is most important: coping with their grief, and devoting time to their emotional support systems. Our Cochrane wrongful death lawyers are passionate about helping bereaved families get fair compensation and a satisfying sense of emotional closure.
To learn more about working with our wrongful death lawyers serving Cochrane, contact us today and schedule a free initial consultation.
Coping with the tragic loss of life can be an overwhelming emotional experience. To learn how our Cochrane wrongful death lawyers may be able to handle all aspects of your family’s civil claim to help you get the compensation you are rightfully owed, call today and schedule your cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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