Wrongful Death Compensation

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We Can’t Bring Back Your Loved One, but We Can at Least Help Remove Some of the Stress of Losing Them

Losing a spouse, child, parent, or friend in an accident is an emotional and traumatic experience. In a split second, your life changes and will never be the same again. We understand your grief, and we are here for you. We know that no amount of compensation is ever going to bring your loved one back.

Our personal injury lawyers help people going through the most difficult times of their lives cope with life’s complications after losing someone in an accident. Unfortunately, debt and bills won’t stop to let you catch your breath, but we understand you need time to grieve and make sense of everything. We care, and we’re here to help you complete the necessary accident benefits claims, and insurance claims paperwork to help secure the proper compensation you and your family need now and for the future. This is not a time for you to be worrying about money. Let us handle this for you. You have been through enough.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

The term “wrongful death” describes the death of a person due to an injury or a fatal accident as a result of neglect, a wrongful act, or a default of another person, either intentional or non-intentional.

When you lose a spouse, parent, or child as a result of an accident or neglect, the traumatic consequences go beyond financial concerns. As such, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for non-economic losses like pain and suffering, along with monetary losses you may experience due to the death.

In the wake of losing someone, we want you to know we can help

You have options after the loss of a loved one. In motor vehicle cases, there are Accident Benefits for you and your family. You are entitled to funeral expenses of up to $6,000. Additionally, you may be able to obtain a spousal death benefit of $25,000, a Dependents’ Death Benefit of $10,000 for each child under 18, and have you reimbursed for any necessary expenses incurred visiting loved ones in care facilities after the accident.


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If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact us free of charge to discuss how we can help you get the compensation and care you need to enjoy a comfortable quality of life.

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After a wrongful death in a motor vehicle accident, family and individual counseling are available to you under Ontario Accident Benefits. Our team can refer you to some of Ottawa’s best counselors or top psychologists.

Where there is a third party at fault in the accident, David Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers can assist you in making a claim under the Family Law Act (FLA) which may include:

  • Loss of Income Claim;
  • Loss of Care, Guidance, and Companionship, (pain and suffering claim on behalf of the family)
  • Loss of Household and Dependency Services (home maintenance, handyperson services, etc.)
  • Loss of Caregiving Services (babysitting needs)
  • Other out of pocket and economic losses.

Ontario Accident Benefits Compensation for Fatality include:

  • Funeral Expenses up to $6,000.00
  • Spousal Death Benefit: $25,000.00
  • Dependents’ Death Benefit: $10,000.00 each

Expenses of family visitors ** Section 22 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule states: If an insured person sustains an impairment as a result of an accident, the insurer shall pay for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred not more than 104 weeks after the accident by the following persons as a result of the accident in visiting the insured person during his or her treatment or recovery.

Paperwork often required for wrongful death claims in Ontario: (Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers can assist in obtaining most of the following:)

  • Tax returns for the past 3 years
  • Last year’s pension statements for the deceased as well as the spouse (if applicable)
  • Outline of future career path, earnings scenarios, and retirement plans, had the accident not occurred
  • Outline of tasks that the deceased engaged in around the home
  • Outline of childcare tasks that the deceased engaged in (if applicable)
  • Outline of deceased employment history for the previous 10 years (if applicable)
  • Copy of Automobile Insurance Certificate for other party’s vehicle
  • Copy of Automobile Insurance policy for personal vehicle
  • Name and address of insurance broker for personal automobile
  • The deceased’s medical records for the previous three to five years
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Daily Journals kept – if any

Our lawyers understand this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. We will help you with all the above. We are truly sorry for your loss and understand that, at this point in your life, you have enough on your plate. We will go above and beyond to help in any way we can. You need help. Let our experience and dedication help you and your family.

Contact us to discuss what compensation and services we can get for you.

If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident, contact our lawyers free of charge to discuss how we can help you get compensation, support, and benefits.

We are Ottawa-based personal injury lawyers who understand, care, and are here to help… and our track record proves it.

Why David Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers?

With compassion and expertise, David Hollingsworth and his team of Ottawa personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you and your family navigate through the difficult times following the death of your loved one. We understand that no amount of money will bring them back, but we are here to help you receive fair compensation to help you get started on rebuilding your life.

Here are a few reasons why you should trust us with your wrongful death compensation claim:

  • Compassionate support. We understand the emotional pain and financial challenges you are facing, and we are here for you. Our team will provide compassionate guidance and support throughout the entire legal process.
  • Personalized approach. At David Hollingsworth, we tailor our strategies to each and every case, taking a personalized approach that would meet your unique circumstances.
  • Proven track record. With decades of experience dealing with wrongful death cases, we have a proven track record of achieving fair settlements for our clients.
  • Free consultation. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and your legal options in detail. We understand that you are grieving and have a lot to deal with already. As such, you won’t have to worry about paying us until you get paid yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the statute of limitations in a wrongful death case in Ontario is two years from the date of death. However, exceptions can be made in certain situations depending on the details surrounding the incident. To learn more, reach out to us.

In a wrongful death settlement, family members can recover both pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages if they file their claim within two years after the death of a loved one. The time it takes to receive these funds depends on the circumstances surrounding the case, including whether the other party is willing to settle or go to court.

If you have lost your family member due to negligence or another wrongful death cause, you should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible so that they can initiate a proper liability investigation.

A wrongful death claim is a type of legal action initiated when one person or entity wrongfully causes another person’s death. If you have questions or concerns regarding the passing of a loved one and whether it could be considered a wrongful death, please reach out to us.

When a person is negligently killed or fatally injured, the parents, grandparents, spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters of the deceased may be entitled to recover compensation for their losses resulting from the death.

We are lawyers who understand, who care, who are here to help… and our track record proves it.
We can’t change the past but we can help change your future.