When a wrongful death occurs in California, it’s a trying time for the victim’s next of kin. Surviving family members, such as the victim’s spouse, children, or parents, can sue on the grounds of wrongful death when their loved one dies because of another person’s recklessness or negligence. A skilled wrongful death attorney can help your family maneuver legal matters while also providing emotional support while you grieve the loss of your loved one.
In most wrongful death cases, next of kin are usually able to receive financial compensation for a variety of losses they have suffered as a result of the passing of their loved one. This can include both economic and non-economic losses. Damages are typically awarded to survivors for the loss of love, companionship, society, and financial support.
Wrongful deaths can occur in a number of ways and at any given time. Some common causes of wrongful deaths include:
The victim’s next of kin can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. This includes:
Some of the types of damages in a wrongful death claim may include:
In California it is important to file your wrongful death claim as soon as possible after the death of your loved one. Depending on the cause of death and who is responsible and the type of negligence that was involved, there are different time limits in which you must file suit or risk losing the right to recovery. Generally a lawsuit needs to be filed within six months of the accident if a public body was involved, while you have one year to file if medical malpractice is the cause of death. In other cases, there is typically a two year time limit to file your claim. Regardless of the cause of your loved one’s wrongful death, it’s important to visit a skilled wrongful death attorney as soon as you’re able to understand what your rights are and what time limits apply to your particular case.
Our Oceanside wrongful death attorneys can help you recover the financial losses you suffered from the death of your loved one. Arrange a free consultation today to discuss your case.
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