Losing someone you love because of another party’s reckless, intentional, or negligent actions is among the worst things that can happen to you. Depending on the circumstances, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Money cannot replace a life, but it can help survivors pay their bills and replace some of the support provided by the deceased.
The Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at Salamati Law can help you receive the maximum compensation for your loss. Most cases are settled, but we will go to trial when warranted.
Wrongful death cases are often complex, which is why it is essential to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible. In California, the statute of limitations for filing is two years, but the sooner an attorney can begin an investigation into the case, the better. If the death involved a government agency, the family must file a claim within six months, so time is really of the essence.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Every state has its own laws regarding who may file a wrongful death lawsuit, and in California, the order of priority is:
- Domestic partner
- Children, whether biological or adopted
- Grandchildren if the children are deceased
- Financially dependent individuals, such as stepchildren
Wrongful death causes
Although motor vehicle accidents make up most wrongful death claims, here are other common causes:
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Firearms accidents
- Manslaughter or murder
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports accidents
- Toxic exposure
Wrongful death compensation
Compensation, or damages, for wrongful death may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses before the death
- Nursing home expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of household services
- Loss of inheritance
If the deceased did not succumb instantly but survived for some time, compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering. Medical experts must testify as to the level of pain and suffering the deceased experienced. Further, a spouse or partner may receive compensation for loss of companionship and consortium, while children may receive compensation for loss of training and guidance.
California does not place caps on wrongful death awards, except for a $250,000 limit on pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases.
Contact Torrance wrongful death lawyers
Nothing can ease your pain or return your loved one to you, but a dedicated Los Angeles wrongful death attorney at Salamati Law can hold those responsible for your family member’s death accountable. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us 24/7. You will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses as we work on a contingency basis, and there is no fee unless we win.