There is a common misconception about this type of lawsuits in Ontario. When someone you love and care about, a spouse or a relative, perhaps, passes due to the negligence of a third party, you might think that this is a case worth millions. However, the newest laws in Ontario do not quite function this way. If you are currently reading this, then please accept our most sincere condolences. There is absolutely nothing worse than having to go through the loss of a loved one and that’s truly devastating. Wrongful death cases are truly frustrating and the thing is that Ontario’s legislation doesn’t compensate grief. So, let’s see at what you’re looking at optimistically, in case you’ve lost the love of your life.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
A case of the kind is going to fall under the jurisdiction of the Family Law Act. Therefore, you would be able to claim compensation for loss of companionship, guidance and care. Imagine that a little boy loses his dad – he will get compensated only for those things. The amount of pain and grief which are most definitely substantial would be unfortunately overlooked. With this in mind, it’s worth noting that this has not always been the case. 10 to 15 years ago, the amounts that are currently awarded would be considered modest at best.
Courts are definitely starting to look at the overall cultural background of the family with certain understanding when it comes to putting a price on subjective matters such as loss of care and guidance. Unfortunately, this is definitely something that would take time and effort to sink in the legislation.
In any case, there are a few different things that you ought to account for when it comes to compensation. Loss of income is one of them as the biggest issue in situations of the kind is the dependency. If the one who has passed away was the only earner in the entire family, you could obviously see how devastating his loss would be not only in terms of emotional suffering but also in terms of financial inabilities to meet regular, day to day expenses. This is where we see different children sue for the loss of their parents as this was the only support that they received. This is something that you should consider.
Of course, compensation also includes funeral costs which is not an inconsiderable thing. The average funeral in Canada costs between $8,000 and $12,000 which is a staggering amount of money to set aside, especially if you’ve just lost the only person who brought some cash in the entire household. This is something that you should consider. You need to get the compensation for the financial and emotional losses and only an experienced lawyer will be able to assist you through it. That is one of the major reasons that you need to work with a good lawyer.