In a wrongful death case, someone dies because of the negligence of another person and/or business. These types of unfortunate and fatal accidents most often occur as a result of negligent medical practices, car accidents, and accidents at the workplace. Families lose loved ones, such as a spouse, parent, or child, and then face devastating financial hardships because of a loss of income, earning potential, funeral and burial expenses, and medical bills. In California, the surviving family generally does have legal rights.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim in California. Indeed, California law specifically lists the individuals who can receive financial compensation for a loved ones death. This list includes: the surviving spouse of the deceased, the surviving domestic partner of the deceased, or a surviving child (or children) of the deceased. If the deceased wasn’t married, had no children or step-children, and wasn’t involved in a domestic partnership, then someone who is entitled to a piece of the deceased’s estate under state law can file a claim. This is most often surviving siblings, parent(s), or someone who was financially dependent on the deceased.
What Type of Compensation Is Available for Wrongful Death Claims?
Your loved one’s wrongful death could leave you financially ruined after paying the outstanding hospital and medical bills, dealing with the loss of financial support or missing income, funeral expenses, burial or cremation expenses, and your lost bond with the deceased. While money won’t bring back your loved one, it can help keep you on your feet. With the assistance of an experienced accident attorney, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the past medical bills (including those from a hospital or nursing home), loss of income, final expenses, and for your loss of companionship.
Wrongful Death Claim Deadline
If you believe that you have a wrongful death claim, it is important to speak with an attorney with experience in this area as soon as you can. With a wrongful death claim, in many instances you must file your claim within two years of the death or you lose your right to sue.
For a free, no obligation consultation about your wrongful death case, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Dennis Law Group today.