In California, wrongful death claims are civil actions brought by family members who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s fault. Wrongful deaths are typically sudden and unexpected leaving family members in a state of shock and grief. After the death of a loved one, close family members have to suffer through the emotional distress of losing a loved one. They often feel overwhelmed and distraught as they try to figure out how to live their new life with their loved one no longer in it.
Riverside wrongful death attorneys know that seeking compensation from the person or entity responsible for someone’s death is a difficult experience for surviving family members, but having an experienced attorney who will advocate for the deceased and his or her family can make it easier.
In order to seek compensation for the losses that surviving family members have suffered, attorneys will work through the details of the case in order to prove liability and damages. Steps attorneys will take in wrongful death cases on behalf of grieving families typically include the following:
Economic and non-economic damages may be recovered in a wrongful death claim. Economic recovery may include loss of financial support and future earnings, funeral and burial expenses, the loss of gifts and benefits the deceased would have provided, and the reasonable value of the deceased’s household services. Non-economic damages may include loss of love and companionship, training and guidance, and sexual relations. Survival action recovery is different in that it is meant to compensate the decedent’s estate for his or her damages suffered prior to death such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Punitive damages are sometimes available in survival actions as well.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s fault, contact a Riverside wrongful death attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a free consultation by calling 323-477-1415 or by clicking here.
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