Fontana wrongful death attorneys represent family members of people who have suffered fatal injuries in an accident caused by someone else. Wrongful death claims may be available when a death is caused by another person or entity’s negligent or intentional act or omission. These cases are especially painful for surviving family members who suddenly and unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident that should not have happened.
Our attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm, APC handle all types of wrongful death claims including people who have lost loved ones due to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, violence, negligent security, asbestos exposure, medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home abuse, and swimming pool accidents.
California wrongful death law can be complicated, especially when it comes to people who are permitted to recover under a wrongful death claim. Under California law, the following people are generally eligible to recover financial compensation under a wrongful death claim:
In some cases, other people that were dependent on the deceased may be permitted to recover. When the deceased has no surviving descendants, people who would be entitled to the decedent’s property by intestate succession may also be permitted to recover under a wrongful death claim.
Recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim may include, but are not limited to the following:
Survival actions may sometimes be available in order to recover damages suffered by the decedent prior to his or her death. Recoverable damages for the benefit of the decedent’s estate may include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and punitive damages. The decedent’s pain and suffering is not recoverable under a survival action, however. These actions are typically brought by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate.
In most cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury or death, but if the case is brought against a government entity, the window is typically much shorter. There may also be a different statute of limitations in the case of medical malpractice as well. In any event, it is critical to contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure that all rights to bring a claim are preserved.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s fault, contact a Fontana wrongful death attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a free consultation. You and your family deserve to be compensated for the losses you have suffered and the person or entity whose wrongful actions caused your loved one’s death should be held accountable. Don’t wait to call us at 323-477-1415.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.