Dealing with the death of a family member or loved one is always difficult, however, when that death is due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, the suffering is often elevated by issues of anger and additional emotional distress. In addition to this emotional loss, many families face added financial hardships as a result of the actions of others. Negligent actions or intentional misconduct that contribute to someone's death can often form the groundwork for a wrongful death lawsuit. These claims attempt to recover damages for surviving family members. Under California's wrongful death statutes and laws, only the heirs and dependents of the deceased are authorized to seek damages for the wrongful death. Heirs and dependents of the deceased may seek compensation for the loss of love, companionship, and moral support of the decedent, as well as the financial support and household services which the claimant would have received but for the negligent, accidental, or homicidal death of the victim.
Proving a Wrongful Death Case
To have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s family must be able to prove that the responsible party acted negligently. For the responsible party to have acted negligently, they must have had a legal responsibility to act with a degree of caution when performing potentially dangerous actions or care. Additionally, the victim’s family must also be able to prove that the responsible party’s negligence was the direct cause of death and that the victim’s death inflicted either economic or non-economic damages on their family.
Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are awarded primarily on financial and emotional loss. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit victim's families may be entitled to
Another available area of compensation is punitive damages. This can be awarded to punish the person who caused the injury. It can typically only be awarded when the action of the defendant was intentional or grossly negligent.
If you or your family has been impacted by a wrongful death situation, call Pirrone and Pirrone. We understand that wrongful death lawsuits can be difficult and emotionally draining and we will be certain to make sure that you do not suffer further after the unnecessary death of a loved one. We will handle your case with compassion and make certain that you will receive the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. Call today for a confidential and free case evaluation.
Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your loss. We completely understand the complexity of wrongful death cases and the legalities required for proper and fair compensation.
The next step is to discuss your loss and evaluate your requirements so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that the responsible parties will understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your monetary and emotional losses.
Do not delay. Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.
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