There are no words to ease the pain and suffering that a family endures after losing a loved one. What can be more unsettling to the survivors of that victim is learning that the death could have been prevented. When handling such a delicate and difficult situation, you need a lawyer who is compassionate, empathetic, and understanding of your family’s wants and needs.
Having legal representation by your side will help give you and your family peace of mind when facing a wrongful death case. A personal injury attorney will work for you by fighting for the justice that is needed during such a difficult life moment.
What is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is when a person dies due to the negligence or wrongful act of another person or third-party. Surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased.
Under California law, wrongful death claims allow families to recover damages owed when their loved ones have died as the result of someone’s wrongful actions. These damages can include funeral and burial expenses, income the deceased would have earned, and compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 allows the following family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit: spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren (if the deceased person’s children are also deceased), other minor children (such as stepchildren) who were dependent on the deceased for at least 50% of their financial support, and anyone else who would be entitled to the deceased’s property under California’s laws on intestate succession.
Those who intend to file a claim can do so based on negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, or an intentional wrongful act. Wrongful acts may include car accidents, hit and run accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more.
At Rawlins Law, APC of San Diego, Ashley Rawlins will pursue justice on behalf of your family. She provides honest, ethical, and compassionate representation, and she will give you clear information on where your case stands and what she needs from you to help your family fight for justice. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 858-257-8778.