What You Need to Know about Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, intentional behavior, carelessness or reckless behavior, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against that person. A lawsuit is often the last thing on anybody’s mind during the grieving process, but it’s important to get the ball rolling on the case. Medical bills, funeral expenses and a loss of expected income are just a few of the financial burdens that surviving family members have to deal with.
What is a Wrongful Death?
A death is considered ‘wrongful’ if it was caused by another person’s negligent, reckless or intentional act. In some cases, businesses or companies can also be named in wrongful death lawsuits. It’s important to note that the burden of proof for civil cases, like wrongful death, is different than with murder cases in criminal court.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by surviving family members. Typically, the lawsuit is filed by a surviving spouse or children. In some cases, parents may also be able to file a lawsuit, if they lost a child.
Damages Involved in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Surviving family members may be able to collect money to cover damages associated with the wrongful death of their loved one. Listed below are different types of damages that can be named in a wrongful death lawsuit in California.
• Medical bills
• Burial or funeral expenses
• A loss of earnings
• Loss of services
• Loss of love, companionship, moral support, etc
Where to Get Started
If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, you’re probably not thinking about your legal rights. Wrongful death lawsuits are time sensitive though, so it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. In many ways, having an attorney on the case can help to alleviate the some of the burden involved with putting the pieces back together after an unexpected death. You need to focus on your family, and how you’re going to move forward in the months and years to come. An experienced wrongful death attorney can be your family’s advocate during this difficult time.