Losing a loved one is always difficult. When the loss is sudden, unexpected, and caused by the intentional or negligent acts of another person, it can be even more devastating. When a family suffers this kind of loss, they have a right to be compensated. This compensation is obtained by bringing a California wrongful death claim against the person responsible for the death of their loved one.
Dealing with the loss of your loved one can be hard enough, so trying to navigate a wrongful death claim can feel totally overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions and are wondering where to start. If you are planning on filing a wrongful death claim, here are a things you will want to know:
- Who can bring a wrongful death claim: In California, there are certain specific people who can bring a wrongful death claim when a person dies. These people include spouses, domestic partners, children, and certain dependants (putative spouses, stepchildren, parents). If there is no family, the person entitled to the deceased person's estate can bring the claim.
- Know how long you have to bring your claim: Wrongful death claims are subject to a two year statute of limitations. This means you have two years from the death of your loved one to bring the claim.
- You will need to support your claim: It can be emotional to have to talk about how your loved one died. In a wrongful death claim, however, you have to support your claim that your loved one's death was caused by another person or party. Talking to a skilled wrongful death attorney can be helpful, as they will know the exact information you will need to support your claim. They can help you with the investigation and information gathering process so you have this evidence ready for your case.
- What damages are available: The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to provide some compensation to a family who has lost their loved one. While no amount of money can ever truly compensate for this loss, the financial damages available in a wrongful death case are helpful as they bear the burden of moving forward without their loved one. Damages available in a wrongful death case include funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and lost future financial support, loss of love and companionship and care, among others.
- What to do first: When you have decided that you would like to file a wrongful death claim, one of the first things you should do is contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. These cases can be complex and it is both helpful and relieving to have the assistance of someone who knows exactly what to do and what you will need to bring a successful claim.
If you have lost a loved one in a Los Angeles accident, reach out to the knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers at the Kann California Law Group. We understand that the decision to move forward with a wrongful death claim is difficult--we will do our part to handle the case and work to maximize your recovery so that you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family. We offer a free case consultation to family members where we can talk about your situation and answer any more questions you may have about the wrongful death claim process. You can reach us by calling (888) 744-7730 or through our confidential online contact form.