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Compton Wrongful Death Lawyers

Compton Wrongful Death Attorney- Andrew L. Ellis Andy Ellis is one of the most successful Wrongful Death lawyers in Los Angeles California. Meet Mr. Ellis and find out how he helps his clients who have a wrongful death case.

Ellis Injury Law personal injury lawyers are a free, no-obligation phone call away in your time of need. The pain of living without a family member is one of life’s greatest sorrows. During this time, you should be able to focus on coping with grief, rather than struggling under the weight of sudden financial hardship. It costs nothing to consult with Compton wrongful death lawyersYou only pay a legal fee if we take your case AND WIN.  

What ia wrongful death lawsuit? 

A “wrongful death” is one caused by the intentional action, wanton recklessness, or negligence of another person. California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 outlines the compensation of legal heirs for the value of support lost upon a loved one’s sudden, tragic death. 

A wrongful death lawsuit is different than a “survival cause of action,” though the two different claims are often filed together. Survival causes of action are brought on behalf of the victim to compensate losses like medical expenses prior to death and “pain and suffering” experienced by the deceased, as well as to punish wrongdoing with punitive damages. If you wish to punish egregious conduct with a large financial slap on the wrist, ask your wrongful death lawyer about filing a concurrent survival cause of action. 

Who gets sued for wrongful death? 

While any negligent or reckless party can be sued for causing the death of another person, the most common defendants are: 

  • DWI/DUI/distracted drivers 
  • Property owners whose unsafe properties caused a person to slip, trip, fall, or get attacked by a dog. 
  • Property owners or on-duty lifeguards who allowed a person drown. 
  • Violent offenders who are guilty of assault and battery, murder, or manslaughter.  
  • Nursing homes whose patients died of abuse or neglect. 
  • Childcare providers who abused or neglected a child in their care. 
  • Product, medical device, or drug manufacturers who developed, sold, or marketed unsafe items. 
  • Hospital workers who committed a medical mistake or failed to properly care for a patient. 

Who Can File For Damages In A Wrongful Death Claim?  

The California Code of Civil Procedure allows the following “personal representatives” to bring suit: 

  • Spouses or Domestic Partners 
  • Dependent Children 
  • Grandchildren (if the deceased person’s children are deceased) 
  • Stepchildren (who were at least 50% dependent on the deceased for financial support) 
  • Anyone else entitled to the deceased’s property under California’s Intestate Succession Law. 

It is important to include all possible claimants in a wrongful lawsuit, as there can be only one. Heirs who file suit have a mandatory duty to include all known heirs. Any heirs who fail to join the party waive their rights to sue in the future.   

In some cases, you may not be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if: 

  • In a malpractice claim, the victim’s chance of survival was 50% or less prior to intervention. 
  • An unborn child or fetus has died. 
  • Your loved one was killed by law enforcement while committing a crime. 

Personal injury attorneys compassionately serving Compton, California 

When you need a personal injury attorney with wrongful death expertise, contact Ellis Injury Law. For more than 20 years, we’ve provided the 96,000 residents of Compton with expert legal service just 20 minutes northwest of their homes. California generally allows heirs up to two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit, but there are exceptions that may apply to you, so it is always wise to call a Compton personal injury attorney to determine if you have a valid claim.