How Much Do You Know About Wrongful Death Cases in California?

California law permits the filing of a wrongful death case where a person or entity has been negligent, or has behaved knowingly and/or recklessly, and such activity has resulted in the death of a person or other person. Wrongful death lawsuits are distinct from normal personal injury lawsuits in that they are brought by the survivors of the individual who has died as opposed to the injured party (or their legal guardian).

This describes you if you are the survivor of a person who was killed as a result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness. You should contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to learn more about your legal options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against that person’s estate. In the meanwhile, continue reading to find out more about who can submit these claims and how they are processed.

Not everyone has the right to bring a wrongful death claim

In California, only those who had a specific relationship with the deceased are eligible to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. The survivors of the dead, such as a spouse or domestic partner, as well as the deceased’s children. A wrongful death claim can be brought by a parent, grandparent, stepchild, or other family member only if they were financially reliant on the deceased.

There are a variety of potential damages for which you might file a lawsuit

You may be able to sue for the loss of care, comfort, and support under California law. Furthermore, you can sue for economic losses, such as funeral expenses, the cost of medical treatment linked to the accident, lost income, damage to personal property, loss of benefits, loss of household contributions, and other types of compensation. The loss of guidance, services, gifts, mentorship, and other elements provided by the deceased can also be compensated for in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Not all deaths are considered to be wrongful deaths

However, just because there is no such thing as a “rightful death,” does not entail that all deaths are considered legally unlawful deaths. Accidents that might have been avoided are referred to as “preventable accidents” in the legal world. In certain situations, the individual that was at blame was careless and caused the accident.

In other cases, they may have acted in an irresponsible manner. Plaintiffs must demonstrate that the defendant was negligent and that they owed a duty of reasonable care to the deceased individual in order to succeed in their wrongful death lawsuit.

Do you believe you have a wrongful death lawsuit on your hands?

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one in a tragic accident? Is it important for you to understand more about your legal options? You can find out more about this and other topics by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We will begin with a legal consultation, during which you will be able to provide us with the fundamental facts of your case. Afterwards, we can advise you on the possibility of your case being successful as well as what to expect.

No matter how it appears, you are not alone in your experience. You have access to an attorney who is concerned about your well-being and who is eager to assist you in recovering the damages you are entitled. To get started, give us a call right away.