South Bay Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one is never easy. Yet that loss can be especially painful if it was preventable and only occurred due to the negligence of another person or institution.
This is the scenario that leads people to seek justice under California’s wrongful death laws.
Let’s take a closer look at how wrongful death laws operate in this state — and how they allow families of victims to be compensated for what they’ve suffered.
The Basics About Wrongful Death
In California, state law mandates that plaintiffs can sue for wrongful death and receive the following damages:
- Loss of future earnings
- Compensation for lost companionship
- Burial expenses
In California, you have grounds to file a wrongful death action if you are:
- A surviving spouse
- A surviving child
- Domestic partners
- Grandchildren (if the decedent’s children have also passed away)
- Heirs to the decedent’s estate based on intestate succession laws
Wrongful deaths litigation comprises a variety of scenarios. Auto accidents, medical malpractice, murder or serious assault, slip and falls and elder abuse are all common wrongful death scenarios.
Damages can include economic and non-economic losses. When calculating lost earning capacity, courts will often look at the age of the deceased person, life expectancy and their expected earning power.
Non-economic losses can include support, companionship, affection, protection and other intangibles. There is no set standard for assigning a monetary figure to such losses. As such, juries will calculate them to the best of their ability.
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of the negligent behavior of another person, it’s essential that you speak with an attorney who specializes in this type of litigation. Doing so can help protect your interests.
The Right Legal Partner for You
At Bloom Injury Law, we believe in providing a voice for victims. We pride ourselves on providing clients with constant communication and compassion — part of our commitment to peerless customer service.
We also have the experience to handle even the most complex slip and fall accident litigation. If you need assistance, we urge you to contact us for a quick consultation.
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