Wrongful Death Lawyers

Under California law, a spouse, child, or other dependents can pursue a wrongful death action against the person or business responsible for their loved one’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit can give the survivors many benefits including:

Financial Compensation

You can recover financial compensation to replace your loved one’s income. For many struggling families, losing a family member can mean a substantial loss of income, healthcare benefits, and retirement benefits. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help to replace all of those.

Compensation for Loss of Companionship

Your family will probably experience immense mental anguish over the loss of your loved one. Money cannot replace the love, companionship, and affection you felt for your loved one. And for couples, nothing can replace sexual relations with your lifelong partner. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you and your lawyer can recover compensation for these non-economic losses.

Emotional Closure

Not only have you lost your loved one, but you lost your loved one due to the actions of a person or business. Your grief and anger may never go away. By filing a lawsuit, you can hold the person or business who caused your loved one’s death responsible. Whether the death was caused by a careless driver or an opioid manufacturer, having a jury pin blame on the responsible party can help you to heal emotionally.

Who Can Sue?

Anyone that is financially dependent on the victim or within the victim’s line of inheritance can sue for wrongful death. This includes:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children & stepchildren
  • Grandchildren
  • Other dependents
  • Parents
  • Legal guardian

In California, a wrongful death claim is a claim by one or more survivors against the person or business that caused the death.

Who Can Be Sued?

Any person or business responsible for the death can be sued. Some examples include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Caretakers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Drivers
  • Property owners
  • Criminals

What Acts Are Wrongful?

Wrongful death requires a wrongful act. In California, a wrongful act can be negligent or intentional. Some examples of wrongful acts include:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accident
  • Nursing home neglect or abuse
  • Murder
  • Defective product
  • Negligent security
  • Slip-and-fall
  • Hazardous premises
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents

If you can reconstruct the chain of events that led to your loved one’s death and identify the wrongful act, you and your lawyer have a basis for a wrongful death claim.

You and your wrongful death lawyer must prove causation to win a wrongful death claim. But if you can identify the person or business responsible for your loved one’s death, you and your lawyer can collect the evidence you need to prove liability for the death.

Hiring Wrongful Death Lawyers

Your loved one’s death has been traumatic. Wrongful death lawyers shoulder the burden of holding those who caused the death responsible.

Contact us to learn more about wrongful death claims or to schedule a free consultation.

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