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Wrongful death lawsuits in British Columbia

Wrongful death lawsuits in British Columbia follow specific procedures as outlined in the law. When a person has died as a result of the wrongful or negligent actions of another person, the other person may be held to be liable for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit in British Columbia

According to the Family Compensation Act, family members are permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit after an act of default or neglect that resulted in death. The provisions of the act includes language that governs who may benefit from a wrongful death action.

The impact of the Family Compensation Act in British Columbia

The Family Compensation Act allows a family member of an injured or deceased person to seek compensation. In most cases, the suit will be handled by a personal representative of the beneficiary of such a case. If compensation is sought for more than one person, any award granted may be split between all parties seeking compensation. The manner in which such compensation is split may be determined by a jury or by a judge.

Woman dies in British Columbia pedestrian accident

According to police, an 88-year-old woman died after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle while walking in Saanich on July 20. Before the accident, the victim had been walking near the intersection of Hillcrest and Tyndall avenues. Saanich police say investigators are still trying to determine what caused the collision, and they are looking into whether the driver may have had a medical emergency.

British Columbia car crash kills elderly woman on scooter

A three-vehicle crash involving a commercial truck and two other vehicles took the life of an elderly woman riding on a power-operated mobility scooter on June 24 in Port Moody, according to the Port Moody police inspector. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ioco Road and Ungless Way. Reports say that the woman, 71, was riding her scooter with her daughter by her side when three vehicles collided at the intersection. One of the vehicles struck the elderly woman, killing her.

1 dead, 1 in serious condition after British Columbia accident

A two-vehicle accident in British Columbia left one person dead and one in serious condition on the afternoon of June 9, authorities reported. The accident occurred in Kamloops just north of Rayleigh on Highway 5. The deceased driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Family sues Porsche after Paul Walker death

News about the tragic death of "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker affected fans in British Columbia and around the world. Now, the widow of the man who was driving the vehicle in the crash that claimed the actor's life is pursuing a wrongful death claim against the maker of the vehicle, Porsche Cars North America.

Royal Alexandra Hospital and others sued in woman's death

Some British Columbia residents may have heard about a lawsuit regarding the estate of a 35-year-old woman who died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in 2009. The estate is now suing for $190,000 in damages. This includes $10,000 in funeral costs and bereavement damages of $45,000 for each of the woman's four children. Named in the wrongful death suit are several security guards, the hospital itself and Alberta Health Services.

British Columbia hang-gliding fatality results in civil lawsuit

In April 2012, a 28-year-old woman plunged to her death in a hang-gliding accident in Fraser Valley. A pilot who was a partner in the hang-gliding company was convicted on charges of criminal negligence by a British Columbia court and sentenced to five months in jail. Both he and his partner as well as several hang-gliding associations are now the subject of a civil lawsuit alleging gross negligence filed by the woman's parents.

Industrial accident causes fatality to 59-year-old man

At approximately 2 a.m. on Mar. 16, a 59-year-old man was pronounced dead as a result of an industrial accident at the Teck Coal Mountain mine in British Columbia. The mine is near Sparwood in southeaster BC. The operation is located on about 3,000 hectares of coal lands and produces coal for steel making and thermal uses. According to reports, a frozen rock fell from a vehicle and struck the man while he was filling his truck with water. He was transported to a nearby medical facility, but could not be resuscitated.

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