Lenami Godinez Avila

Fatal hang-gliding case highlights insufficient civil wrongful-death laws

“The public should know the dismal truth about our wrongful death laws.” – Don Renaud, Burnaby personal injury lawyer, quoted in the Vancouver Sun.

Lawyer Don Renaud has filed an action against the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC) in BC Supreme Court for the wrongful death of Lenami Godinez Avila. Godinez Avila fell 300 metres because she was not properly attached to the glider during a tandem sightseeing flight over the Fraser Valley. BC’s inadequate Family Compensation Act does not provide compensation, beyond funeral expenses, unless the deceased had dependents. Lenami’s parents are seeking accountability for their daughter’s death and, if B.C. Court of Appeal follows a recent decision made by Alberta Court of Appeal, a landmark chance at punitive damages.

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