There is now a hole in your heart that will never heal. Because of another person or entity’s reckless or negligent actions, your family member is gone. This is always hard on survivors, but it is even more devastating when it did not have to happen.

Nothing can bring your loved one back, but the Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys at Salamati Law can hold those responsible for the death accountable. We will protect your rights and help you receive the maximum compensation for your loss.

Wrongful death

Wrongful death occurs through negligence or a deliberate or reckless action by another party. As a result of this, surviving family members experience a financial loss.

Among the most common causes are car crashes, such as a texting driver crossing over the lane and hitting a car head-on, or a drunken driver plowing into another vehicle. Medical malpractice, product liability, work accidents, drowning, and slip and falls are just a few more examples of potential wrongful death causes. 

Not all wrongful deaths are accidents. If a person deliberately kills another, after an arrest, the case is a criminal matter. A wrongful death lawsuit against the defendant is a civil matter pursued by the victim’s family.

Dealing with an insurance company

There is never a good time to deal with an insurance company, but the aftermath of a tragedy is arguably the worst. During profound grief, family members do not want to haggle with insurance adjusters over a settlement—who often take advantage of the survivor’s vulnerability, trying to pay out as little as possible in claims.

Our Salamati Law team of Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers can handle all the insurance issues at this difficult time. We can also negotiate a fair settlement for you, based on your unique circumstances.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit

Under California law, only certain people may file a wrongful death lawsuit—and in the following order:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children– biological or adopted
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Financial dependents

Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the deceased’s passing.

Wrongful death damages

In California, damages, or compensation, for wrongful death may include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • The deceased’s injury-related medical expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of companionship

When the actions of the responsible party are particularly egregious, a jury may award punitive damages, which are meant as punishment. California does not impose limits on these awards.

Contact Long Beach wrongful death lawyers

If you have suffered the terrible loss of a loved one because of another party’s negligence, you need the services of a compassionate wrongful death attorney in Long Beach. Schedule a free consultation by calling 24/7 or using our online contact form.  

We will review the circumstances of your case and determine whether a wrongful death claim is appropriate. As we work on contingency, there is never a fee unless we win.