Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. When a loss occurs due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, the grief can truly be unbearable. Trying to process how a loved one could needlessly be taken away is an unimaginable loss beyond words.
Continuing life can present some real challenges as well. Along with trying to emotionally process the sudden death of a loved one, the surviving family is likely facing financial concerns as well. Family members might face insurmountable medical bills and insurance claims. The surviving spouse and children will also need to deal with the loss compensation that could lead to financial stress.
At Walker Law, P.C., we feel for those with the needless death of a loved one, as we realize what a huge burden it is for surviving family members. While we cannot emotionally replace what has been lost, we will do everything in our power to deal with the legal and financial realities so you can have time to grieve without added worry. Our San Diego wrongful death attorneys are here for you and your loved ones. Call us today for your free consultation.
A wrongful death lawsuit stems from the same area of law as personal injury suits. Known as tort law, the burden is on the plaintiff to demonstrate that the defendant breached a duty to carry out a standard of care that led to someone’s death. While the same parties may be involved as in a criminal suit, wrongful death claims differ because the aim of a wrongful death suit is to compensate the victim’s family members rather than to punish the at-fault party. Even if the defendant is not found guilty in a criminal case, they still may be legally liable for the wrongful death of the deceased.
Wrongful death claims can be a broad area of law encompassing different types of accidents. Some commonly seen cases in San Diego include:
To win a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must prove by the preponderance of the evidence that the following elements were met:
§377.60-377.62 of the California Code of Civil Procedure outlines who is able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Per that statute, the following are able to file a claim:
While a lawsuit can be filed against every party responsible for the death of your loved one, only one family member can file a claim rather than by separate relatives. For this reason, efficient communication among family members is crucial in these cases.
Financial compensation can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit for the damages caused by another’s negligence or intentional act. Examples of potential compensation include:
In California, the statute of limitations for a case of wrongful death is two years. This may be extended for six months if the deceased did not immediately pass away from his or her injuries. Not taking action within the given time frame could serve as a forfeiture of rights to file for a wrongful death lawsuit or to apply for death benefits. If a family member is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, they should contact an attorney right away to determine what the deadline is for filing.
The death of a loved one is a tragedy beyond words. The emotional, mental, and financial impact is a legitimate burden to take on by oneself. At Walker Law, P.C., we can help ease this burden. Our attorneys aim to help and protect families from being taken advantage of and to assist in eliminating the financial stress so that the family members can mourn in peace. Our San Diego wrongful death lawyers are here for you in any way possible. You do not have to face these challenging times alone. Call our lawyers today for your free consultation.