Wrongful Death Cases
Death comes to us all. However, when a loved one suffers an untimely death due to recklessness, negligence or another’s deliberate wrongful conduct, we find it more difficult to accept death as a part of life.
It is difficult to move on from such a tragic ordeal, but knowing that your family member did not die in vain somehow eases the burden, leading to acceptance. Having a fighting chance at avenging our loved one’s death will not bring them back but knowing you can bring their death justice brings closure.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The wrongful death lawsuit, simply put, is a civil case filed to help the surviving family cope with life without the love and support of their loved one, by recovering damages from the defendant for causing the wrongful death. A deceased person’s spouse, children, domestic partner, parents, and a select few others, may receive a settlement from the defendant assuming the wrongful death lawsuit is successful.
How to File a Wrongful Death Claim
In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the surviving family must understand the premise and grounds of filing such a case, which is why they have to consider enlisting the services of wrongful death lawyer. There are several parties that may file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. Those include the deceased person’s spouse and children, the deceased person’s domestic partner, parents, and/ or individuals who were financially dependent on the deceased person at the time of their death. In some states though, the local government grants extended eligibility to other non-direct family members including grandparents, extended family members, as well as other legal dependents based on specific circumstances. So before filing a case, know your local governments’ regulations to avoid unnecessary bumps as you go along.
Family members are eligible to receive damage compensation based on the following:
- Medical costs incurred as a result of the injury prior to wrongful death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensatory damages as a result of the deceased person’s loss of salary/wages/commissions/inheritance
- Compensatory damages as a result of the absence of the deceased person’s emotional nurturing, parental guidance and financial and support to the family
Proving Negligence and Deliberate Misconduct
A wrongful death is caused by negligence or malicious premeditation, if not, medical malpractice. However, you must be able to prove direct link between the defendant’s negligence to your loved one’s fatal outcome. Establishing and proving such can be a tedious and complicated process, warranting the skills and experience of a wrongful death attorney. Not only will you need solid evidences to support your claims, but also a convincing argument that ties all the elements of the case together.
This is where you can count on D&Z Law Group’s expertise, and experience. Our attorneys have a proven track record in handling wrongful death cases, giving the family’s victim an assurance that their case will be handled seriously. D&Z Law Group’s wrongful death lawyers will guide you through the whole process, orienting you of your legal rights and providing the necessary information you need to succeed in pursuing a wrongful death claim.
We are proud to provide exceptional legal advice regarding wrongful death cases and other personal injury cases that fall under our other practice areas, including traumatic brain injury, construction accident, and truck accident. To set a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, do not hesitate to visit our Contact page, or to call us at (800) 885-8555. With offices in Los Angeles and Glendale, D&Z Law Group handles cases all throughout California, especially in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley.
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