What is the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Claim in Ontario?


If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it’s important to understand that in Ontario, there are specific filing deadlines, called statutes of limitations, which apply to these cases. Failure to file your case before the appropriate deadline can jeopardize your ability to recover compensation for the loss of your loved one.

In Ontario, you generally have 2 years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim. However, the time limit is significantly shorter when a claim is being brought against a municipality or other public body. In these situations, it’s crucial that you consult an experienced attorney at once to ensure your case is filed before the deadline.

The statute of limitations is slightly longer when a wrongful death case is being brought by minor. In these situations, the 2 year period doesn’t start to run until the individual turns 18. Essentially, this means that a minor who loses a loved one due to negligence has until their 20th birthday to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Depending on the child’s age at the time of the incident, this time period can be considerably longer than 2 years.

The attorneys at Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers have been helping individuals throughout Ontario with wrongful death cases for more than 35 years, and we understand all of the laws which apply to these complex cases. We understand that you are going through one of the most difficult times in your life, and our lawyers will provide you with compassionate representation every step of the way.

While no amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death settlement can help you stay financially afloat at a time when you need it the most. If you think the death of your loved one may have been caused by negligence, speak with our attorneys at once to ensure you don’t miss any important filing deadlines.

Please contact Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers using the form on this page or call 905-522-9799 today to schedule a free wrongful death consultation. We serve clients in Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington and throughout the surrounding areas of Ontario.

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