Chula Vista Personal Injury Lawyers | Accident Attorneys
Chula Vista Wrongful Death Lawyers
No amount of money can compensate you for the loss of a loved one, and a settlement or verdict will not bring your family member back. Nonetheless, if you have incurred substantial costs or lost income as a result of the accident that took your loved one’s life, monetary damages can help you get back on your feet financially so you can properly grieve.
Our Chula Vista wrongful death attorneys can help you explore all possible avenues to recover compensation and will not settle a case for an amount that is less than you deserve. If needed, we will represent your interests in court by filing a lawsuit against the opposing party. To schedule a free case evaluation with us today, give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Claims our Chula Vista Wrongful Death Attorneys Handle
- Car, truck, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents
- Accidents involving rideshare vehicles
- Turo accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Boating accidents
- Train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Aircraft accidents
- Bus accidents
- Premises liability cases resulting in wrongful death
- Other types of wrongful death cases
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim can be brought by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, or by various parties who stand to inherit the deceased’s property if the deceased passed without a will.
For instance, in California, the deceased’s surviving spouse would have a right to file a wrongful death action. If the deceased was not married, then his or her children could bring the claim, then stepchildren, minors who lived with him or her for at least half a year, and the deceased’s parents, siblings and their children, grandparents, and next of kin.
What Damages Are Available in a California Wrongful Death Case?
Your compensation in a wrongful death case will vary based on the unique circumstances. Generally, however, you may be able to recover compensatory damages and exemplary damages.
Compensatory damages cover both economic and non-economic losses. An example of an economic loss is lost income, property damage, and medical expenses, while a non-economic injury would involve emotional trauma, distress, and pain and suffering.
On the other hand, exemplary damages, also known as “punitive damages,” are applied in a few unique circumstances in which the other party’s conduct was extremely negligent or egregious. An exemplary damages award tends to be discretionary and is not available in every case.
Our Chula Vista Wrongful Death Lawyers Offer Free Case Consultations Daily
The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers have a track record of compassionately representing the family members of wrongful death victims. If you meet with us, we will ask you a series of questions to determine whether you have grounds to bring a wrongful death claim and if so, how to proceed. Some of these questions might include:
- How did your loved one die?
- How did the accident or incident unfold?
- Did your loved one receive any medical treatment between the incident and his or her death?
- Have you gathered any evidence to support your claim? If so, what?
- Have you spoken with the opposing party or his insurance company? What was the extent of your communications?
- Have you saved or recorded any of your conversations with the other parties or with eyewitnesses?
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Chula Vista
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand that a loved one’s sudden death is beyond devastating. Our compassionate attorneys are here to take over the logistics of your case so that you can focus on more important matters, like honoring your loved one’s memory. To schedule a free case consultation with us, we welcome you to send us a message online or to call our 24-hour phone line at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. We are here to support you during this difficult time.