If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, there are several elements that must be proven before you can receive the compensation you are entitled to as the surviving family of the deceased. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must first prove that you are the surviving family and are entitled to compensation.
In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be one of the following:
- A child or a stepchild and the deceased acted as your parent
- A parent of the deceased or a stepparent or grandparent
- A spouse married to the deceased at the time the wrongful death occurred
- Someone who lived with the deceased for over two years and had a marriage-like relationship with the deceased
The additional elements you must prove in a wrongful death case are:
- The deceased was a human being
- The death was caused by the malicious behavior, willful intent, intentional behavior, or negligent behavior of another
- The surviving family incurred losses due to the result of the death
- The death could have been prevented
To help you through this difficult time and to make sure you have all the elements needed to prove your wrongful death case, it is a good idea to have the experienced Vancouver, BC wrongful death lawyers at Stephens & Holman on your side. Our wrongful death lawyers will explain all the elements you need to prove and what the legal process is for your wrongful death case. They will also make sure that you file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations.
For more information about wrongful death cases and to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our wrongful death lawyers in Vancouver, BC, please contact the law firm of Stephens & Holman. We help clients in British Columbia receive the compensation they deserve from their wrongful death cases.