Losing a loved one unexpectedly is devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a reported 120,859 Americans died in 2012 from unintentional injuries. The families of these victims are often left wondering what options they have to recover for the death of their loved one. If the death was caused by another party’s negligent or intentional act, California law gives surviving family members the legal right to bring a claim in court for wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one, you should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County wrongful death attorney to determine whether or not you have a claim.Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases may arise out of a wide variety of situations. Some of the leading causes of wrongful death include the following:
- Traffic-related accidents
- Medical or surgical errors
- Slip and falls or falls from heights
- Acts of violence
These are only some examples of wrongful death causes. Any time another party negligently or intentionally caused a death, you should be able to hold that party liable. Establishing liability in wrongful death cases generally requires extensive incident investigation and the potential use of experts. Beginning the investigating immediately after an incident is important for evidence preservation purposes. The sooner an experienced attorney becomes involved in a wrongful death case, the higher the possibility of a positive outcome.Wrongful Death Recovery in Orange County
When a person suffers injury due to someone else’s negligence, that person may recover for any injury-related losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, when a victim dies, they are no longer able to file for personal injury. As a result, the law allows qualified family members, such as spouses, children, or parents, to file a wrongful death claim to hold the responsible party liable for their actions.
In addition to the emotional grief that comes with losing a loved one, families may suffer unexpected and significant financial losses, as well. In a wrongful death claim, family members may recover for the following economic and non-economic losses:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Costs of any medical treatment prior to the victim’s death
- Estimated value of the income and benefits the victim may have earned had they lived, including health coverage or retirement plans
- Estimated value of services the victim would have provided
- Loss of consortium, companionship, love, advice, care, and more
- Compensation for mental anguish and pain
Even though no amount of money will bring your loved one back, recovering from the responsible party can help you cover expenses and financially adjust to the sudden loss of your loved one’s household contributions. Additionally, receiving compensation for your emotional trauma and loss may help you feel a sense of justice for your lost loved one.
Estimating damages in a wrongful death case can be extremely complicated, and you always want to have the assistance of an experienced wrongful death lawyer to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve.Contact a California Wrongful Death Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If your loved one’s death could have been prevented, you are likely searching for some sense of closure and justice. At Jamal Injury Law, we are committed to helping grieving family members recover for their losses. Do not hesitate to call our office today at 714-907-1021 to schedule your free consultation. In the alternative, you can complete our “Contact Form” and we will contact you.