Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe circumstances in which one person’s death is caused by the negligence of another person. Most often, wrongful death claims arise through the reckless or negligent driving of another motorist. If this occurs, family members of the person wrongfully killed may be entitled to significant compensation. In British Columbia, The Family Compensation Act provides the legal framework for compensating family members of a person killed by the wrongful act or negligence of another person.
The Family Compensation Act permits spouses (including common law and same sex spouses), children (including stepchildren and adopted children), parents and grandparents to claim compensation for the death of their loved one. Compensation may be claimed for loss of love, guidance and affection, loss of past and future financial support, loss of household services, loss of inheritance, medical, hospital and funeral expenses. Quantifying claims for loss of financial support and household services can be a complex exercise in some cases. MacIsaac & Company’s lawyers have the experience, as well as access to economic experts when necessary, to navigate these complicated issues.
Family members may also be entitled to “no-fault” death benefits under Part 7 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act in cases where the wrongful death occurred in the course of a motor vehicle accident.
MacIsaac and Company has helped numerous families through the wrongful death legal process following the loss of a loved one. We understand the loss of a loved one has devastating consequences, both emotionally and financially, and consequently, we maintain our priority in assuring the future financial security of surviving family members.