Ontario Wrongful Death Lawyer
Has A Loved One Suffered A Wrongful Death In Ontario?
Some of the injury claims our law firm takes on involve a death caused by a negligent party. If a person has died in an accident, the family members of the deceased are likely entitled to compensation for their terrible loss. You will need the help of a knowledgeable Ontario wrongful death lawyer. The attorneys at First Law Group defend accident and injury victims and their families everyday. They might be able to help you obtain compensation for your loss.
A wrongful death is where the negligence or recklessness of an individual or company are responsible for a fatal accident. The law in California understands that when one person's actions cost another their life, the responsible person should be legally liable to pay damages to the victim's loved ones. This means that when a loved one is killed in an accident, the surviving family members might be entitled to bring a civil case against those responsible for the accident.
Common Kinds Of Cases That Result In Wrongful Death
Some of the most common kinds of cases that lead to wrongful death are automobile accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.
When An Automobile Accident Causes Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one to an automobile accident is devastating. And it can be emotionally challenging to consider what you should do next when you are so early in the grieving process. However, some people report that filing a claim helped to provide comfort since they had one less thing to worry about. A wrongful death case means that something is being done to get justice for a deceased relative.
An automobile accident that causes a wrongful death can leave a family with major stress about repaying medical costs, taking care of funeral expenses, and losing income from a primary provider. First Law Group can help to ensure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve for medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Wrongful death due to a motor vehicle accident can occur at the scene of the accident or later on when the victim succumbs to their injuries. Although deadly motor vehicle accidents are frequently caused by drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding, virtually any kind of car accident can result in a fatal crash. Some of the most common injuries from motor vehicle accidents that later lead to wrongful death are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries. If your loved one dies from complications due to their injury, it still falls under the umbrella of wrongful death. Therefore, the at-fault party can still be sued for their negligence.
Wrongful Death Caused By Slip And Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are seldom considered a fatal type of accident. However, this is just not accurate. Slips and falls can be fatal, especially if the head strikes the ground or another hard surface.
Slips and falls can happen practically anywhere. However, some of the most prevalent locations that slip and falls happen that qualify as wrongful deaths are grocery stores, commercial businesses, apartment complexes, parking lots, and places of work. The way your wrongful death claim will be pursued is different depending on where the accident took place. For instance, claims against big commercial businesses differ in their parameters and insurance policies compared to slip and fall deaths that happen at a private residence.
Slips and falls can also be deadly when they happen to an elderly person. A slip and fall can put significant strain on an older individual that they might never recuperate from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you have to be bedridden for an extended period of time, your odds of recovering completely are much slimmer. In fact, falls are the leading source of injury-related death for adults aged 65 and older. And this number appears to be rising.
Workplace Wrongful Death
Workplace accidents that most commonly result in fatalities include:
- Falls from heights
- Fire and explosions
- Malfunctions or errors with equipment
- Vehicle accidents
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments
- Accidents caused by improper training
In these instances, determining if there is any third-party liability for negligence depends on how the accident occurred. If your loved one died because of negligent conduct of a worker from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held liable for damages. But, usually if a death or injury occurs at the workplace or while the employee is "on the clock", the case would fall under workers' compensation.
Wrongful Death Due To Medical Malpractice
Wrongful death due to medical malpractice is one of the trickier case types in personal injury law. Considering this, you want to be sure you have a qualified attorney on your side when you're dealing with medical malpractice of any kind.
Medical malpractice that can lead to a wrongful death includes:
- Early discharge from medical facility
- Incorrect medication or dosage
- Surgical error
- Improper diagnosis or overlooked diagnosis
- Birth injury
If somebody you love died as a result of the negligence of a physician, nurse, or healthcare center, contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys at First Law Group as soon as possible so we can begin to investigate and build your case.
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
Family members might be entitled to recoup for various kinds of damages and losses from a wrongful death in Ontario, including:
- The pain, suffering and grief of the surviving family members. There is not a more difficult time in life than when you lose someone you love. The feelings and pain you might experience can be excruciating. We know that no amount of money will make you feel whole again. However, the loved ones have a right to financial recuperation for the pain of experiencing this unfortunate experience.
- Funeral costs. Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur significant cost for a funeral. Part of this law firm's job will be to recover expenses due to the funeral.
- Medical bills and costs. In a lot of wrongful death cases, the medical bills prior to passing away can be incredibly expensive. Commonly, billing may exceed several hundred thousand dollars. Our law firm will work to recuperate those costs from the negligent party.
- Loss of consortium. You have a right to recover for the loss of no longer being able to spend and enjoy time with your loved one.
- Loss of the future wages of the deceased. Often the family member that passed away was earning income. Family members were relying on that loved one to support the household. They have a right to recover that loss of future income. If necessary, our law firm could employ an economist to determine what amount your family member would have earned during the rest of his or her life.
- Punitive damages. During a wrongful death claim, lawyers will decide whether it is appropriate to request leave of Court to file a punitive damages count in the lawsuit. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party for deliberate and/or outrageous conduct.
Free Wrongful Death Claim Consultation
No amount of money can adequately compensate an accident victim's loved ones after a death caused by negligence or recklessness. However, these family members are entitled to financial relief that is available under local and state laws. After an accident, many families choose to talk to a wrongful death lawyer in Ontario to figure out whether they have a case.
The type of accident can affect what options of recovery are offered to a family and how soon those claims must be pursued. For these reasons, it is a good idea to get legal counsel immediately after a fatality.
If you believe a negligent party may have caused a wrongful death of a family member in the Ontario area, Get in touch with us for a free wrongful death claim consultation or call (626) 888-8264 to speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Ontario.
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