Harbor City Wrongful Death Lawyers
Sometimes there is more to death than meets the eye. Grieving family members do not need to “accept” the loss and move on when the death was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional malice. In Harbor City, our personal injury lawyers have seen wrongful death lawsuits stemming from automobile accidents, police shootings, medical malpractice, and accidental drownings on city-owned property.
No amount of money will ever bring your loved one back but by pursuing legal recompense with Harbor City wrongful death lawyers, you can take a stand against wrongdoing and potentially provide your family with enough money to subsist comfortably in the years to come. Ellis Injury Law is accessible to over 36,000 residents in Harbor City, with a central office located just 22 minutes northwest in El Segundo.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Wrongful death lawsuits are most commonly filed by widowed spouses or domestic partners. However, parents, children, step-children, and even grandchildren may file if they were financially dependent on the decedent in any way. In cases where there is no true “family,” the inheritors of the estate may file for damages. It is important to include all possible heirs in the lawsuit, as only one case may proceed against the defendant(s).
What is the deadline to file for wrongful death in California?
The State of California generally allows you to file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of death. Exceptions may apply for certain crimes, for criminal court, and in cases where the nature or cause of death was not known at the time. A brief consultation with a personal injury lawyer will let you know whether you have a valid claim or not.
What wrongful death compensation is available?
Wrongful death damages may include:
- Funeral and burial costs.
- The lost income of what the decedent would have received over the course of a lifetime.
- The fair market value of household services like cooking, cleaning, and caregiving.
- Losses of companionship, affection, moral support, and guidance.
Working with a personal injury attorney gives you access to a network of investigators, accident reconstruction experts, insurance adjusters, medical professionals, and economists who will argue for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Get a free consultation with a winning wrongful death law firm in California
Our team has presided over a number of big wrongful death wins, including $3 million for the family of a flower delivery van driver struck and killed by a semi-truck driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. We overcame a tough case running parallel with a criminal investigation of local police department crime scene tampering, securing $1.25 million for the family of a man shot dead in his home. We negotiated a $985,000 settlement with a medical provider who gave a diabetic man a flu medication that caused elevated glucose levels and cardiac arrest. After a lover’s quarrel resulted in a fatal gunshot, we secured $500,000 for grieving family members.
The past is no guarantee of the future, but you have nothing to lose in working with a Harbor City wrongful death attorney. We charge clients NO MONEY UPFRONT. Consultations are always free, and we finance the entire cost of case preparation out of our own coffers. Should you receive a settlement or jury award from our efforts, we ask that you pay your wrongful death lawyer a percentage, as indicated in your contract. We look forward to helping you cope with what has happened through the pursuit of justice.