Healthcare providers, property owners/occupiers, motor vehicle operators, certain professionals, and other community members owe a duty of care to other people. Depending on the circumstances, their failure to provide this duty of care can lead to the tragic loss of life. The negligence of others is a leading cause of fatal accidents in the Antigonish area. When certain people fail to consider the far-reaching consequences of their wrongful actions, family members can lose their close relatives, suffering emotional, psychological, and financial hardships for years to come.

When someone else’s negligence leads to a fatal accident, the wrongfully deceased accident victim’s family members often experience shock, outrage, and emotional distress. The process of grieving a close relative is seldom easy or straightforward. It takes time to mourn, and to feel prepared to start re-engaging with the world after suffering a tragic loss. It could take years before bereaved family members of wrongfully deceased accident victims feel ready to begin thinking about legal actions that may be available to them.

Unfortunately, in this province, there is an extremely narrow window of opportunity during which grieving family members can pursue legal action. Unlike other provinces with longer time limitations on wrongful death claims, eligible relatives in Antigonish have only one year from the date of their family member’s fatal accident in which to pursue a claim. If eligible family members do not take action within these twelve short months, they will lose their only chance to recover compensation for financial losses they may have incurred because of their loved one’s wrongful death. 

In addition to the emotional and psychological impacts of losing a loved one, bereaved family members of wrongfully deceased relatives often incur significant financial losses. If a person sustains fatal injuries in an accident and must be hospitalized to undergo emergency treatments, their close family members may be forced to pay expensive costs related to their medical care. After their passing, relatives may incur the high costs of funeral and burial services.

Additionally, if bereaved family members relied on the wrongfully deceased accident victim for monetary support, after their death, they could sustain losses of future expected income. Grieving relatives might also sustain non-pecuniary damages including loss of guidance and loss of companionship. These non-pecuniary damages may be harder to quantify than easily calculable costs associated with the death of a relative, but their impact on a bereaved family member’s life can be overwhelming.

By working with our wrongful death lawyers serving Antigonish, certain relatives of wrongfully deceased accident victims may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Eligible family members include: 

  • Parents
  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Grandchildren 
  • Grandparents 

If you are eligible to pursue civil action against the negligent party whose wrongful conduct led to your relative’s tragic, violent, preventable death, our Antigonish wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you recover damages you have incurred as a result of their death, as well as damages you may incur in the future.

To review the details of your case with our wrongful death lawyers serving Antigonish, schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.

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Bereaved family members in this province have only a few short months in which they can begin their pursuits of justice, accountability, and compensation. To learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to assist with your case, contact our Antigonish wrongful death lawyers as soon as you feel able, and receive personalized legal advice in a free initial consultation.


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