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Quick Facts On Wrongful Death Accident Claims In Alberta

When someone dies as the result of a motor vehicle accident, the loves ones left behind suffer a pain that is unimaginable to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. While no money in the world can compensate for such a loss, Alberta has still created the Fatal Accidents Act which permits bereaved loved ones to claim certain damages in order to cover expenses related to the accident. Currently, the only ones entitled to make such claims are the deceased one’s spouse, parent, sibling, or adult interdependent partner.

Potential Claims Which Can Be Filed By The Bereaved:

• Coverage for medical and care expenses between the deceased’s accident and time of death. This can be filed by a child, sibling, parents, spouse, or adult interdependent partner of the deceased.
• Coverage of accommodation and travel expenses between the deceased’s accident and time of death. This can also be claimed by a child, sibling, parents, spouse, or adult interdependent partner of the deceased.
• Coverage of funeral expenses, such as service fees and purchases surrounding the funeral. Again, this can be claimed by a child, sibling, parents, spouse, or adult interdependent partner of the deceased.
• Cover of grief counseling fees in the aftermath of the accident. Once more, this can be claimed by a child, sibling, parents, spouse, or adult interdependent partner of the deceased.

Additionally, the loves ones left behind could potentially also claim for bereavement with the help of personal injury lawyers in Airdrie and Lloydminster This claim would be requesting compensation for the loss of care, grief, companionship, and guidance, which was taken from them through the wrongful death of their loved one. Although the loss of a loved one remains forever, but getting the financial assistance in form of compensation can help the family recover from financial losses, they sustained due to the accidental death.

Under the Fatal Accidents Act, bereavement compensation in the case of a fatal accident, is capped at $82,000 as of May 1st, 2013 in the province of Alberta. This is for interdependent partners, surviving spouses, or parents. However, for any children of the deceased, regardless of age, the cap is already set at $49,000. In addition to these amounts is an interest which is determined by the date at which settlement for the initial insurance claim was made.

In other Canadian provinces, the siblings and stepchildren of the deceased are also entitled to bereavement compensation, but this is not true for Alberta.It should also be noted that, while these damages seem to be fixed by statute, insurance companies will still push to lower these amounts through false accusations of negligence on the deceased’s part.