If your loved one was killed in an accident that was not their fault, you may have legal rights.
A death caused by a defective product, reckless Uber driver, or negligent government agency is never acceptable and in some cases, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim allows certain family members and loved ones to seek financial compensation for their tragic loss. To determine whether you can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in California, contact experienced
Examples of wrongful death
Wrongful death claims involve all types of fatal accidents, from hit and run car accidents to cyclist accidents to defective product cases. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney, you can hold people, companies, and/or governmental agencies at fault for either negligently or intentionally causing your loved one’s death. These types of cases are not easy and your attorney must be comfortable going up against the largest corporations and government entities to fight on your behalf.
Who may potentially bring a wrongful death lawsuit?
The people who may be able to bring a wrongful death in California suit include:
- Immediate family members.
- Life partners, financial dependents, and putative spouses.
- Distant family members.
This list is not exhaustive and each state has its own laws regarding wrongful death claims. Be sure to speak with a wrongful death attorney to determine whether you can bring a lawsuit on behalf of your loved one.
Financial compensation for wrongful death
Various states laws also define the amount of money you might be able to recover for your loss, but factors that California courts generally consider when compensating survivors include:
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- Medical and support services from the date of the victim’s injury to his or her death.
- Funeral costs.
- Lost parental companionship, protection, and nurturing for surviving minor children.
- Expected earnings of the victim from the time of death to retirement age.
- Loss of employment-related benefits (pension, medical coverage, etc.).
In some cases, punitive damages can be obtained and drastically increasing your financial recovery.
To discuss your legal rights, contact the experienced lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation.