Have You Lost A Loved One Due To Negligence?

Have you lost a loved one because of someone else’s wrongful actions in California? We specialize in wrongful death claims in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County, California. We have represented clients in these types of cases where we work diligently to recover the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is the death of another person due to the negligence or intentional actions of someone else. Whether drunk driving, defective products, a truck accident, or murder, there are countless ways that wrongful death can occur. A California wrongful death attorney can help families to be compensated for the loss of future income of the deceased and loss of companionship, to name a few.

How are wrongful deaths classified?

A wrongful death case is separate from a criminal case that an accused party will face. Whether found guilty or not, a wrongful death lawsuit can still be filed against someone. Wrongful death doesn’t require the same burden of proof that the crime of murder does. It is actually possible for someone to be found guilty of wrongful death, but not of a criminal charge.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in California

When it comes to wrongful death lawsuits in California, a lawyer must prove several things including:

  • A human being has died
  • The death was caused by negligence or another’s intent to cause harm
  • A personal representation for the decedent’s estate has been appointed already
  • Surviving family members are suffering monetarily because of the death

Wrongful deaths in the state require a preponderance of the evidence in determining liability.

Some damages that are available in these death claims include:

  • Expenses related to medical bills
  • Funeral/burial expenses
  • Amount of money they would have earned
  • Loss of financial support for surviving family members
  • Loss of companionship for surviving partner or spouse

The statute of limitations in California for wrongful death cases is within two years of the date of the final injury, not the date that the individual died. If you have any questions about the time limit or the legal process associated with wrongful death claims in California, contact our team of expert wrongful death attorneys today by calling 661-877-9436 or 888-515-2177 to schedule a free initial consultation. During this important phone call, we can discuss the particulars of your case.