Wrongful death claims are a type of personal injury claim brought by the family members of someone who was killed due to the negligent actions of others. Wrongful death claims may be filed by the spouse, child, or parent of the deceased. These types of personal injury claims are most common after a fatal car accident, but may also be filed as the result of work-related accidents, nursing home negligence, or swimming pool accidents.
Wrongful death claims can include:
- Reimbursement of medical expense
- Reimbursement of funeral costs
- Compensation for lost family income
- Compensation for lost household services, such as child care
- Compensation for loss of guidance, care, and companionship
- Reimbursement for grief counseling for affected survivors
Compensation may be paid in one lump sum or in guaranteed monthly payments, depending upon the circumstances of the case.
Wrongful death claims are civil actions that can be brought in addition to any criminal charges that the negligent person or company would face.
It is possible to bring a wrongful death claim against the estate of a deceased person, if he or she was killed in the same accident that claimed the life of your loved one. In this case, the damages and costs recovered by your claim would be payable from the estate of the deceased as simple contract debts.
Jane Conte Can Help
If you believe that your loved one was killed due to the negligent actions of others, it is vital that you seek legal representation in filing a wrongful death claim. Jane Conte’s practice has always focused solely on personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims and settlements. Based in Whitby/Oshawa and Vaughan, Conte & Associates is committed to helping clients receive the compensation they deserve. Please contact Conte & Associates at 1.877.614.0008 to schedule your initial consultation.