Ontario law provides legal recourse for those who have lost a family member due to negligence in the form of a wrongful death claim. However, the time it takes to resolve a wrongful death claim can vary considerably. It depends on numerous factors, including the details of the case, the actions the defendant takes, and the decisions you make as our client.
Here is a basic overview of what your claim may look like. Your first step is to contact our lawyers. After establishing the validity of your claim, they will help you navigate critical deadlines, including statutes of limitations. They will also be able to advise you on your next moves and ease some of your worries.
Our attorneys will then begin diligently gathering all available facts concerning the incident to build a strong case. We will also help you prepare the necessary documents to start your lawsuit and file them in court. Ideally, our lawyers will then talk to the defendant’s lawyers to see if all parties can agree on a reasonable settlement. A claim does not go to trial if it is settled.
Some wrongful death cases can be settled out of court in a relatively short period of time. Keep in mind that the settlement process is not always brief, and it may take a while to resolve the matter.
If a settlement cannot be reached, it is necessary to take the case to trial, which may take anywhere from several months to several years. If either party disagrees with the judge’s decision, the case may go through an additional process called an appeal.
It can be difficult to predict how long it will take to resolve a claim. For many people, the idea of getting involved in a lengthy legal process is off-putting, particularly after the death of a family member. However, the steps you take now can help you obtain the compensation that your family deserves under these unfortunate circumstances.
To set up a free legal consultation with the wrongful death attorneys at Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers, call 905-522-9799. We serve clients in Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, and nearby areas of Ontario.
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