The grief and shock of a sudden loss of a family member are compounded– when it becomes clear that the negligence of another party took their life. Your world, and that of your family, is reeling. Beyond your profound sadness, you worry about how you will pay your mortgage or rent or provide for the family now that they are gone.
No power in this world can bring them back, but the Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at Salamati Law can help you receive financial compensation for your horrific loss, and assist in finding some justice for you.
In California, wrongful death involves the reckless, negligent, or intentional acts of another party. Most wrongful death cases result from accidents, but not every accident is a wrongful death under state law.
Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Elder abuse
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In California, family members may file a wrongful death action against those who are responsible. In order of priority, the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children of the decedent may file. Other family members may file suit if the decedent does not have any of the above, for example a sibling or a parent. In most cases, a lawsuit requires filing within two years.
After losing a loved one, most people do not want to seek legal counsel right away, but they should. A wrongful death lawyer investigates the case and determines who is liable. Sometimes, the investigation reveals that the obvious defendant is not the only one involved.
For example, if they were killed in a pedestrian accident, the driver of the car that hit them is not necessarily the only culpable party. Perhaps the vehicle’s brakes failed, and the car’s manufacturer or a repair shop may also prove accountable. The more quickly the investigation begins, the easier it is to collect evidence and document the events leading to the death.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Compensation in a wrongful death case includes economic and non-economic damages. The former include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income
- Potential lost income
The latter may involve:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance and training for children
- Loss of household services
Contact our team of Carson Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you lost a loved one to the negligence of another person or entity, you need the services of a compassionate personal injury attorney at Salamati Law. We understand the emotional toll the loss has made on your family. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.
After reviewing the circumstances of your family member’s demise, we will let you know whether there are grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Most cases are settled, but we will head to trial if needed. There is no fee unless we win.