Alberta Wrongful Death Laws

In Alberta, once a claim of wrongful death is made and the wrongdoer is established, there is no requirement for the surviving family members to prove their grief and compensation is automatic. Alberta is one of the three provinces in Canada where bereavement damages can be claimed without evidence. Claims can be made by:

• Spouses
• Parents
• Children

The Alberta Fatal Accidents Act provides a layout for wrongful death claims. This act was established as a “fixed dollar” approach to providing fair compensation. This concept was derived from the idea that the law should respect a family’s loss without the law intruding. The amount awarded to a family in their time of grief is based on a number of factors, and must:

• Be a substantial amount meaningful to the party who is to receive it
• Be justifiable within the existing damages and the Canadian law
• Be recognized as an attempt to save the surviving family members from the stress and aggravation of litigation

To ensure you receive full and fair compensation in the loss of a loved one as a result of wrongful death, contact the experienced professionals at Cariati Law at 905-629-8040.