Accidentally losing a loved one is a devastating experience that no one anticipates. Family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles and seek compensation for both economic and non-economic losses in such an event. While no amount of money can fill the void caused by losing a loved one, holding the irresponsible person accountable for their actions may provide some solace to the surviving family members.
Yerushalmi Law Firm’s compassionate and skilled wrongful death lawyers will help family members file a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles and seek justice for an unjust and unexpected death of a loved one. Discuss your case with us today.
Defining Wrongful Death Claim In Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, a “Wrongful Death Claim” ensues when a person dies as a result of another person or entity’s wrongful act or negligence. It is a civil case brought before the court by the deceased’s survivors or the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. The defendant’s liability is articulated exclusively in terms of monetary damages, which the judge orders the defendant to pay to the deceased’s heirs if the claim is successful. The wrongful death compensation includes payments for medical costs, burial & funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and loss of emotional support.
To determine liability in a wrongful death claim plaintiff must prove the defendant acted negligently. And having a strong legal representation by an experienced wrongful death attorney can assist a plaintiff to prove that their loved one’s death could have been avoided.
Proving a Wrongful Death Claim in Los Angeles
In order to establish liability in a wrongful death case, the claimant must prove the following:
- The defendant’s actions were negligent;
- the defendant’s actions directly led to the victim’s death;
- the surviving family members are genuine heirs to the victim’s estate;
- and the surviving family members have sustained a tangible loss as a result of the deceased’s death.
Wrongful death lawsuits are highly intricate and need a thorough investigation to ensure that surviving family members receive adequate compensation. Hiring an accomplished wrongful death attorney as soon as possible gives enough time to investigate and file the claim correctly before the deadline.
Who is eligible to bring a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles?
Under California Civil Procedure Code 377.60, the following persons are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving spouse of the decedent
- Domestic partner of the decedent
- The decedent’s surviving children and their issue
- Parents of the decedent
- The decedent’s putative spouse and their children
- Step Children of the decedent
The process of wrongful death lawsuits may be lengthy and unpleasant. Expert lawyers can guide families through the complexities of wrongful death litigation with ease.
Los Angeles’s top-rated wrongful death lawyers at Yerushalmi Law Firm are committed to helping people rebuild their lives after a loved one has died as a consequence of negligent or malicious action. We work on a contingency fee basis which means you are not obligated to pay any attorney fee unless we win your wrongful death claim. Call us for a free consultation today at (310) 777-7717