Losing a loved one too soon always leaves behind an empty spot that is impossible to fill, but when a wrongful death occurs, it’s an even harder process to go through. Whether lost in a DUI accident, workplace accident, or even by the intentional act of another, the loss is made more profound knowing that it was preventable if not for the negligence or willful actions of someone else. As a survivor, you have a right to hold that person responsible for the loss of your loved one. Although financial compensation is never, ever enough to replace a loved one’s spot in your life, it does help to fill the monetary void that is left when the deceased provided income or services to support a family. Our Santa Clarita wrongful death attorney can help you get your wrongful death claim on the books, negotiate with any insurer or at-fault party, and assist you in recouping your losses so that you can put some closure on this harrowing time in your life.
Wrongful death is defined as a person dying or being killed as the result of the negligence or misconduct of another person, such as murder. When a person dies as the result of another person’s actions or inactions, the surviving family members of the victims may sue the responsible party. Often, wrongful death claims accompany criminal trials, but that may not always be the case.
Basically, a wrongful death is no different than a personal injury, only the injury results in death. In this case, survivors of the victim must file a claim because the injured (deceased) party is no longer able to file a claim themself.
A wrongful death claim can only be filed by a personal representative of the deceased’s estate. This representative may file a wrongful death suit on behalf of surviving family members, next of kin, or other beneficiaries who have been affected. This is usually spouses, children, parents, siblings, or any other next of kin.
Some of the damages a wrongful death claim may cover include:
It is important to act quickly when filing your wrongful death claim. The state of California allows just two years after the loss of a loved one to file your claim against the negligent party. Our Santa Clarita wrongful death attorney offers a no-cost, no-obligation case review to discuss the details of your loved one’s death and determine the best course of action moving forward. Schedule your consultation now.
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