The death of a loved one not only causes tremendous grief and emotional pain, but also incredible disruption in many other areas of life. This is especially true if the deceased loved one was the sole provider for the family. When such a loss is caused by the wrongful or negligent act of another, you not only have to face these challenges, but also the feelings of anger at the fact that such a loss could have been avoided.
So often, those left behind don’t know they may be entitled to compensation for their loss. While the justice system can’t return your loved one to you, it can – and does – work to compensate you for your loss. This may be cold comfort, but it gives you the opportunity to grieve and heal without worrying about finances. It holds those in the wrong accountable for the life they took and the pain they’ve caused and, in some cases prevents the same thing from happening to someone else.
Wrongful death cases can be complicated and you need an attorney with experience in navigating the intricacies of such cases. We do this in an empathic, understanding manner. We know you’re grieving and that you’re worried about what the future holds. Call us to arrange a free consultation; we’ll examine your case and answer your questions.
Each wrongful death case is as unique as the individual involved. There are many circumstances that can result in wrongful death, such as automobile and bicycle accidents, slip and falls, nursing home negligence/abuse, poisoning, defective products, and more. In each case, if it can be proven that the party who had a duty to keep your loved one safe actually caused their wrongful death, you may be compensated for this loss.
You can be compensated for more than the pain caused loss of your loved one. You may also be compensated for the loss of their contribution to your life, financially and otherwise. California law allows survivors to claim the following:
- Lost moral support, affection, society, solace, comfort, companionship and love
- Lost consortium of your loved one, if you are the spouse
- Value of any household services your loved one would have performed in the future
- Value of any financial support you would have received from your loved one if he/she was alive
Non-spouse family members may also be able to recover damages for the above (except consortium). For instance, the decedent’s children can file a claim; the children of one of the decedent’s deceased children may also file. Certain others may qualify as well if they were dependent on the decedent at the time of his/her death. As you can see, one of the intricacies of a wrongful death case is actually identifying those who have standing (a right to file a claim) in such a case. This is yet another reason to have a qualified attorney representing your interests. Contact the Law Offices of Brent W. Caldwell, Huntington Beach Wrongful Death Attorney, for a free consultation.