Losing a loved one is a painful, traumatic experience, especially when their loss was caused by someone’s negligence. Families may be left without the financial resources or companionship they enjoyed while the victim was alive.
Wrongful death statutes were put in place to protect the surviving members of the victim’s family. Although it may be difficult to think about filing a lawsuit as you grieve, it is important that you do so to recover the compensation you deserve.
Each state has its own rules surrounding who can file a wrongful death claim. In California, the deceased person’s spouse, domestic partner or children can legally file a wrongful death claim. But, if there is no surviving person who is in the deceased’s immediate family, other members of the family could file the claim. This may include the parents, siblings or even distant relatives of the deceased, depending on who would be next in line for the property of the deceased.
If the stepchildren or parents of the victim were financially dependent on the victim, they may also file a wrongful death claim to recover damages.
The damages that are recovered from a wrongful death claim usually go to the spouse, children, or parents of the victim first.
Economic damages are awarded to cover financial losses the survivors have suffered as a result of their loved one’s death. For example, if the survivors were financially dependent on the deceased, they may be awarded lost wages. Expenses to cover the cost of the funeral may also be awarded as economic damages. If the victim was in the hospital prior to his or her passing, medical expenses may also be awarded as economic damages.
Many attorneys consider wrongful death cases to be challenging and complex. It takes a skilled attorney with experience representing wrongful death victims to help you recover the compensation you deserve. The compassionate team of personal injury attorneys at Shegerian Conniff will provide you with the legal knowledge and expertise you need to finally seek justice for your loved one. Contact Shegerian Conniff today to schedule your free consultation.
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