Have you lost someone because of someone else’s wrongful actions in the state of California? We handle wrongful death claims in all of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles counties. We have represented countless clients in these types of lawsuits where we work hard to recover the compensation that they deserve.
Understanding Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is the death of another person due to the negligence or intentional actions of someone. Whether defective products, truck accidents, drunk driving, defective products, or even murder, there are many 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 as well as loss of companionship, to name a few things.
How Are Wrongful Deaths Classified in California?
A wrongful death case is separate from criminal cases that the accused party may face. Whether they are found guilty or not, a wrongful death lawsuit in California can still be filed. Wrongful death doesn’t require the same burden of proof that murder does. This means that someone can be found guilty of wrongful death and not of a criminal charge.
What Must a Wrongful Death Attorney Prove?
When it comes to wrongful death lawsuits in California, a lawyer must prove several things including:
- That someone died
- The death was caused by someone’s intent to cause harm or negligence
- A representation of the estate has been appointed already
- Surviving family members are suffering monetarily
Some damages that are available in these types of lawsuits include funeral or burial expenses, expenses related to medical bills, amount of money they would have earned, loss of companionship, and loss of financial support.
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 actually died. If you have any questions about the legal process associated with wrongful death claims, contact our team of highly-rated wrongful death attorneys today by calling (661)-294-0044 to schedule a free initial consultation.