Wrongful Death Overview
The sudden death of a loved one usually has significant emotional and financial consequences for family members. If a fatal accident was caused by the carelessness of another, the law may allow for compensation for the tragic loss of a family member. While no amount of money can ever restore a family, compensation can help family members with the loss of a father, mother, or child.
A case for wrongful death should be considered when someone dies as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another. In California, certain surviving family members are able to pursue a claim or lawsuit after the wrongful death of a relative.
If you believe a love one’s death was caused by an irresponsible act but are unsure, contact our firm today for a free case evaluation, this include investigating any persons or companies that might be responsible for the death of your loved one. At Corrales Law Group, we promise to investigate every avenue of recovery.
When to Pursue a Claim for Wrongful Death
In California, claims for wrongful death must be filed within two years after the death of the family member. In almost every case, it is much better to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that all evidence may be preserved and all responsible parties can be investigated.
Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit or Claim?
In California, only certain family members may file a claim for the wrongful death of another. While every case is different, the following family members may have a claim for wrongful death: spouses, children, parents, and siblings. There are some exceptions, if you have questions about whether or not you may file a claim for wrongful death, please contact our firm and ask an attorney directly.
What sort of compensation is available for family members under California Law?
Types of compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one is found in the California Code of Procedure § 377.61. The statue as interpreted by various cases over time find that, depending on the case, there may be compensation for:
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, assistance, affection, protection, moral support
- Loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations
- Loss of the decedent’s training and guidance
- Loss of financial support
- Loss off gifts or benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of household services.
How much will it cost to investigate and file a claim for wrongful death?
Our firm works on a contingency basis for wrongful death claims, this means you will not pay anything until there is monetary recovery. This means Corrales Law Group will pay all upfront costs of investigations, hiring of experts, retaining all medical records, etc.
One major benefit of hiring our firm on a contingency basis is our incentive is to obtain the maximum recovery for our clients.
Speak to one of our experienced attorneys today!
Our firm has handled many wrongful death claims for families. Our goal is to make your extremely difficult situation as easy as possible. Our firm will work to ease your mind and to make sure any party that is responsible is held financially accountable.
Call us today to speak directly with an experienced attorney about the case for free.