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What benefits are available if I die in an accident? by Patricia Santucci

If you die either in the accident itself, or shortly after the accident as a result of injuries you suffered in the accident, then your surviving family members may be entitled to a death benefit and a funeral benefit. Your spouse may receive a lump sum $25,000 benefit. This benefit increases to $50,000 if the additional death and funeral benefit was purchased. If you did not have a spouse, then this benefit is divided amongst any dependents. In addition, if anyone was dependent on you or if you were obliged under a domestic contract or court order to provide support to someone then they would be entitled to a benefit of $10,000, or $20,000 if the additional death and funeral benefit was purchased. Also, your family is entitled to recover a benefit to help pay for the costs of the funeral, up to $6,000 or $8,000 if the additional death and funeral benefit was purchased. To help you sort this out, Santucci Personal Injury Law offers free initial consultations. (66)

About the Author Patricia Santucci

Patricia Santucci is a personal injury lawyer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds several degrees having attended King’s College at the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Windsor and an Ontario Teaching Degree from Teacher’s College as well as her Ontario Teaching Certificate. After graduating from the University of Alberta law school she was called to the bar in 2000. You can find Patricia on and LinkedIn or directly through this website