Wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death of another. In California, in order to file a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must prove that the liable party did in fact cause the death and, had the victim lived, he or she would have been able to file a personal injury claim for the injuries received from the accident. Only the surviving spouse or next of kin can file a wrongful death claim in California.
Damages from a wrongful death claim or lawsuit can include cremation and burial expenses, as well as medical bills and other expenses related to the death, loss of benefits and future income, loss of companionship, and, possibly, punitive damages. Your attorney’s job includes calculating damages in a wrongful death claim. Damages include such factors as the age of the decedent, the relationship of the plaintiffs to the decedent, and how much income the decedent would have earned in a normal lifetime.
Our goal as your attorney is to maximize your recovery, and to conclude the case as quickly as possible without sacrificing your case’s value. We will do everything we can to help make your financial future secure, and to hold the responsible party liable.