Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

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Posted: August 13, 2020
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A wrongful death claim may be filed by family members who have lost a loved one in an accident. Most often this includes spouses, children, and parents, but it may include other family members in certain instances.


One of the best ways to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with a wrongful death lawyer at Stephens & Holman. With 25 office locations, we serve families struggling with the untimely loss of a loved one throughout British Columbia.

Wrongful Death Damages

Damages that may be sought during a wrongful death claim include:

  • End of life expenses
  • Related medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost retirement or benefits

The Family Compensation Act allows children, parents, stepparents, spouses, and others to file a claim, but certain criteria must be met for it to be viable. During your free wrongful death case review, we will answer your questions, provide an overview of your rights, and help you choose the best path forward for your family.

Why Hire a Lawyer?

Wrongful death is a complex area of law. Having a lawyer on your side can help prevent pitfalls and snags during the process. 

In many cases, liability will need to be clearly established before a claim can be brought. The lawyers at Stephen & Holman have the background, experience, and tenacity needed to see these cases through. 

Attempting to navigate these claims on your own can prove frustrating and ultimately fruitless. Working with a lawyer can help smooth the path and may be instrumental in securing fair compensation.

Leading Causes of Wrongful Death

Our lawyers have experience handling wrongful death claims revolving around:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dangerous or defective products
  • Unmaintained or dangerous premises

In many of these cases, liability can be difficult to establish. We will investigate the circumstances revolving around your loved one’s death and work to hold all liable parties accountable.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident, Stephen & Holman is here to help. Please call 604-730-4120 to schedule a consultation at one of our 25 British Columbia locations.

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