16-year old Lindsey Kean from Nanaimo had her leg broken after being struck by a car while crossing the road. Her surgery was unnecessarily delayed, causing a fat embolism (a preventable medical error), and died as a result. Hauntingly, 17-year old Heidi Klompas, daughter of one of The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’s founding members, died 19 years earlier, from the exact same preventable medical error after having been hit and her legs broken by a drunk driver.
On Canada Day, we would like to congratulate all of the other provinces and the Yukon Territory for already modernizing their wrongful death laws, in many cases long ago.
On behalf of British Columbians, we would like to apologize to the rest of Canada for our most westerly province still being stuck in the colonial era with our 174-year old wrongful death laws, whereby it’s still FREE to kill children, seniors, and the disabled.
To all the Fathers out there who have lost a child to wrongful death, and to all the children out there who have lost a Father to wrongful death, or anyone for that matter, who has lost a loved one, our thoughts are with you today.
Our ‘Coles Notes’ on the 2017 report by University of Ottawa Economics Professor Rose Anne Devlin ‘Comparing Insurance Across Canada’ which provides a detailed analysis of auto insurances regimes in our country.
The article involves a young woman who had an income, but did not have dependants, and sadly had no worth under BC’s inadequate wrongful death laws. Our laws only value people based on their future lost income if they also had dependents. Unlike all the other Canadian provinces and the Yukon, there are currently no bereavement damages available for families under BC law.