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Fullerton Wrongful Death Lawyer
Did your loved one pass away because of an unexpected accident? Do you believe someone else is responsible for that fatal accident? When you believe another person or business is at fault for your relative’s death, call a Fullerton wrongful death lawyer to discuss your options. One of the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will explain California’s wrongful death law, whether you have a valid claim, and if so, the potential value of your claim.
We understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one without warning. You are thrown into mourning, and in many cases, a tough financial position. Filing a wrongful death claim and pursuing compensation can never bring your loved one back. It is a small amount of comfort. But it can provide the compensation you need to move forward in life without harming your financial health.
Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is proud to have helped more than 5,000 clients obtain more than $300 million in settlements and court rulings. We fought for them, now let us fight for you.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule your free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death is a legal claim that arises when an individual’s death is the result of another party’s carelessness, recklessness, intentional misconduct, failure to act, or breach of warranty. The other party’s conduct must be the direct and proximate cause of your relative’s death. If this is the case, then a surviving family member can pursue compensation on behalf of all the survivors.
To gauge whether your family has a wrongful death claim, consider whether your loved one would have had a legal claim had they survived. If your relative would have been able to file a personal injury lawsuit following the accident, then you should speak with a wrongful death lawyer in Fullerton.
Our Fullerton Wrongful Death Attorneys Accept All Accident Claims
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are well versed in handling all types of accidents. Whatever the incident that led to your loved one’s passing, we recommend you give us a call.
Some of the most common fatal accidents we handle include:
- Car Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Uber & Lyft Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Scooter Injury Claims
- Airplane Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Premises Liability Claims
- Slip and Falls
- Dog Bite and Animal Attacks
Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
California law limits who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, to file suit, you must be a:
- Surviving spouse or child;
- Surviving putative spouse or child of a putative spouse;
- Someone entitled to property under California’s intestacy laws;
- A minor who was dependent on the decedent for at least half of your support and lived with the decedent for at least 180 days; or
- The personal representative of your relative’s estate.
It can be difficult to determine who can and who should file a wrongful death lawsuit. We always recommend consulting with a Fullerton wrongful death attorney before deciding.
Recovery Compensation Under a Wrongful Death Claim
Whoever pursues the wrongful death claim is not the sole recipient of the compensation. The financial recovery from an insurance settlement or lawsuit is likely for the benefit of several survivors, depending on who your loved one left behind.
During a wrongful death lawsuit or settlement claim, your family can pursue compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of decedent’s income and employment benefits
- Loss of decedent’s future retirement savings
- Loss of future inheritance
- Loss of the value of the decedent’s household services
- Loss of decedent’s love, affection, support, and companionship
- Your mental anguish and grief
In some circumstances, family members themselves agree on how much each person receives. However, relatives do not always agree. When there are disagreements among your relatives regarding whether the family should file a wrongful death claim or who should receive compensation, contact a wrongful death lawyer in Fullerton for advice. It may be necessary for family members to obtain their own legal representation.
Additionally, there is no telling how much your case is worth without talking to a lawyer. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we will go over the various factors that influence wrongful death settlements and court awards. We also will discuss the potential value of your claim.
Call Our Fullerton Wrongful Death Law Firm Today
When you are reeling from the loss of a parent, spouse, or child, but you are interested in pursuing legal action, call Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or contact us through our online form.
We will meet with you in person. We believe in listening to your story, asking the right questions to analyze your options, and recommending the best next steps. If you decide to pursue a wrongful death claim, we can represent your interests and guide you through the process.