December 2 2013

Fatal Accidents – New Bereavement Amounts

After years of review the Alberta government increased the Bereavement amounts arising from fatal accidents, including motor vehicle accidents.  The amounts had been stagnant since 2002, however effective for accidents after May 1, 2013 the amounts to be awarded to spouses and  parents of a deceased child goes up from $75,000 to $82,000, and the amount for children of a deceased parent goes up from $45,000 to $49,000.

Before May 1, 2013 After May 1, 2013
Spouse or Inter-dependent partner of deceased $75,000 $82,000
Child of Deceased Parent $45,000 $49,000
Parents of Deceased Child (shared) $75,000 $82,000

These amounts for a wrongful death are in addition to any dependency losses each of these classes can prove for loss of dependency on income and services, as well as expenses related to the funeral.