When a family member dies as a result of an accident, placing a
monetary value on the grief of their loved ones is a
Alberta is just one of three provinces in Canada that prescribes
legislated amounts, which are awarded to survivors once the
liability of a wrongdoer is established and the basis of the
relationship is proved. There is no need to provide testimony or
evidence of the claimant's suffering or sadness as a result of
These awards are known as "Statutory Damages for
Bereavement," and are defined within Alberta's Fatal Accidents Act.
As of May 1, 2013, the Statutory Damages awards are as
$82,000 for a surviving spouse or adult interdependent
$82,000 for surviving parents (to be divided equally if there
$49,000 for each surviving child
The awards were previously adjusted in 2002. For fatal
accidents occurring in the 11 years prior to May 1, 2013, the
Statutory Damages awards were:
$75,000 for a surviving spouse or adult interdependent
$75,000 for surviving parent(s)
$45,000 for each surviving child.
Family members may also be entitled to compensation for other
amounts in addition to these Statutory Damages, including pre-death
costs for care, funeral expenses, grief counseling, and loss of
Our experienced personal injury lawyers are well equipped to
guide families through the process of recovering these losses as
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