Losing a family member due to the reckless and negligent actions of another person is a tragedy. Had those parties behaved responsibly, they would be here with you today. Instead, you and your family are mourning the loss of someone you will miss every day for the rest of your lives.

The Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at Salamati Law can determine who is responsible and hold those parties accountable. While no amount of money can make up for this– financial compensation can help you pay your bills and make up some of the economic losses.

Wrongful death

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies because of another person’s negligent actions, or in the case of murder or manslaughter—their deliberate, intentional actions. Motor vehicle accidents, including those involving pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and trucks, account for a large percentage of these lawsuits— but, other causes include:

Wrongful death lawsuits are filed in civil court. If a loved one was harmed intentionally, that is a crime. However, a civil wrongful death lawsuit is entirely separate from any criminal proceedings involving the alleged perpetrator.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit

In California, only certain relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Based on order of priority, this involves the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children of the deceased. If the late person did not have these surviving relatives, under California law, those next in line under the state’s intestate succession statutes may file a claim. This might involve parents, siblings, or kin with a lesser blood relationship.

The time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in California is two years. However, since gathering evidence relating to the wrongful death is critical, it is wise to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible.

Wrongful death damages

Damages, or compensation, for wrongful death, may include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical costs for the final injury or illness
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of guidance and companionship

Contact Norwalk wrongful death lawyers

When you lose a loved one tragically, you need the help of professionals who understand what you are going through and will help you in any way possible.  A compassionate Southern California personal injury attorney at Salamati Law can help you receive the maximum compensation for your loved one’s loss, and in that way allow justice to prevail.

For a free consultation, call us today or contact us online. We will review the circumstances of your family member’s death and let you know whether you have a wrongful death case. While most cases are settled, we will head to trial if an insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless we win.