It is never easy to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. No matter how prepared you are for their passing, you must still work through the stages of grief. When your loved one’s death is unexpected and someone else’s fault, it is even harder to accept that they are gone. Pursuing wrongful death compensation will not bring them back, but it can provide a small amount of justice and closure.
When your parent, spouse, or child passes away, and you believe it is due to another individual’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, we recommend contacting our Santa Monica wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible. We are here to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding their death and advise you of your rights and legal options.
To talk wish about your situation and how we can help, call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free consultation.
Our Santa Monica Wrongful Death Attorneys Have Helped Many Families
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our team is highly experienced in personal injury and wrongful death claims. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to perform in-depth investigations, pursue litigation, and win settlements and court rulings for our clients. No matter the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, if you believe someone else is at fault, call us right away.
Our Santa Monica wrongful death lawyers handle cases that arise from all types of circumstances, including but not limited to:
- 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
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Claims
- Severe Burn Injury Claims
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Claims
- Premises Liability Claims
- Slip and Falls
- Dog Bite and Animal Attacks
California’s Wrongful Death Law
One of the most important reasons to talk with a wrongful death attorney in Santa Monica is to learn more about California’s wrongful death laws, Code of Civil Procedure Sections 377.60 – 377.62.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under this law, only certain parties can file wrongful death lawsuits. For you to file a claim, you must be:
- A surviving spouse, domestic partner, or putative spouse;
- A surviving child or child or stepchild of a putative spouse;
- A beneficiary under California law; or
- The personal representative of the decedent’s estate.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, you can pursue compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expense;
- Healthcare expenses incurred from the date of the accident to the date of death;
- Loss of decedent’s financial support;
- Loss of decedent’s health insurance and other benefits;
- Loss of the value of decedent’s household services; and
- Loss of decedent’s love, support, companionship, and society.
What Is the Statute of Limitations?
For a wrongful death action, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit.
How Our Santa Monica Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help
In addition to explaining California’s wrongful death law and your options, our attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help in many ways.
We can perform an independent and in-depth investigation of the accident. We will gather as much evidence as we can, including photos, videos, eyewitness testimony, police and accident reports, business records, maintenance records, and expert testimony.
Following a fatal accident, you may be contacted by another party’s insurer right away. It is important that you speak with your own attorney and do not rely on that insurance company. You are not their client, and they will not concern themselves with your needs or best interests. By partnering with a Santa Monica wrongful death lawyer, you have someone to protect your rights, and when needed, challenge the insurer’s conclusions.
We also will carefully calculate the value of your damages. We will gather your medical records, talk with medical, vocational, and financial experts, and work with you to document how the injuries have impacted your life. We will use all of this evidence to determine the value of your physical, psychological, and financial injuries and to demand the maximum value from the liable party and their insurer.
In most cases, insurers will try to minimize your recovery. However, at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are not afraid to negotiate, and more importantly, we are not afraid to take your case to court. Insurance companies know we are serious about pursuing the full and fair amount for our clients, which is why we have won more than $300 million in settlements and court rulings for our clients.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Schedule a Free, No-Risk Consultation
After losing a loved one in an accident, you may not be sure of your rights and options. You may not be sure you have a legal case. The only way to find out is to talk with a wrongful death attorney in Santa Monica. You can reach out to us at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers by calling 1-800-GO-HARRIS or submitting your information through our online form.