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Ventura Wrongful Death Lawyer
It is never easy to come to terms with the unexpected loss of a loved one, particularly if you lose a spouse or child. It will never make sense, and you will carry the grief with you. During this emotional time, you may realize that another party was responsible for your loved one’s death. When another individual or business may be at fault, you should speak with a Ventura wrongful death lawyer about your potential right to pursue wrongful death compensation.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our team is experienced in investigating and analyzing unexpected accidents and fatalities. We can review your family’s circumstances and advise you of your right to pursue a financial recovery.
If you have a valid wrongful death claim, we will help you pursue full and fair compensation for your loss. We are proud to have helped more than 5,000 clients win more than $300 million in settlements and court rulings. Let us help you.
To talk with one of our wrongful death attorneys in Ventura, contact us online or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS. We offer free consultations.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
California limits who can file this type of lawsuit.
Under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be a:
- Surviving spouse or domestic partner;
- Surviving child;
- Surviving grandchild;
- If they were dependent on the deceased individual, a surviving putative spouse or child of the putative spouse; stepchildren; or parents;
- A minor who resided in the decedent’s home for the previous 180 days and was dependent on the decedent for one-half or more of their support; or
- The personal representative of your relative’s estate.
A putative spouse is someone who entered into a void or voidable marriage with the deceased individual but believed, in good faith, to be married to them.
If you are unsure of whether you can or should file a wrongful death lawsuit, contact our Ventura wrongful death attorneys today.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims We Handle
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of fatal accidents, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Bus Crashes
- Truck Wrecks
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Uber & Lyft Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Dangerous Property Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Dog Bite and Animal Attacks
Whatever type of accident led to your loved one’s passing, if you believe someone else was at fault, give us a call.
Wrongful Death Compensation in California
In addition to who can bring a wrongful death claim and receive compensation, California law also limits the injuries you can pursue compensation for.
Through an insurance claim or trial, our Ventura wrongful death lawyers will demand you receive compensation for:
- Your loved one’s medical expenses;
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial costs;
- The loss of your loved one’s income and employment benefits;
- The loss of a future inheritance;
- The value of the household services the decedent provided; and
- The loss of your relative’s society, love, affection, and support.
The value of your wrongful death claim can vary drastically depending on the circumstances. If your loved one was catastrophically injured and incurred weeks or months of medical bills between the date of the accident and their passing, this increases the value of the claim.
If your loved one was the breadwinner in the family, you can pursue a great deal of compensation for the loss of their income and health insurance benefits. However, that is not to say that wrongful death compensation for stay-at-home parents is less. A mom or dad who provides daily childcare, cleans, does laundry, purchases groceries, and cooks a majority of the meals is worth a great deal. All of those services will be costly to obtain from others.
Whatever the circumstances, we will work closely with you to determine the maximum potential value of your wrongful death claim.
Our Ventura Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here to Fight For You
After losing a loved one in an accident and realizing someone else was at fault, you may wonder whether filing a lawsuit is the right thing to do. We understand you may hesitate to call a lawyer and go to court. We recommend you at least speak with a wrongful death attorney in Ventura about your options.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit enables you to obtain a small amount of justice for your relative and surviving family members. More importantly, it can provide the financial recovery you need to move forward if you lost a spouse or parent whose support you relied on. It can ensure you do not have to use your savings or rely purely on life insurance.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand this is a hard decision. Let us explain how we can help, and how we will take on the burden of the insurance claim and litigation processes for you. Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.