La Puente Wrongful Death Lawyers
Every death may feel wrong to the surviving family members, but in some cases, a death is also considered wrongful in the eyes of the law. Wrongful death is one that occurred as a result of the negligent or intentional actions of another person. If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a motor vehicle accident, drowning, fall, fire, homicide, or any other cause in which someone else might be held responsible, you have the right to contact personal injury lawyers to determine if you might have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Ellis Injury Law, our La Puente wrongful death lawyers would like to extend our sincere condolences to your family for your loss. There is nothing that can replace the loss of your loved one. However, you may find comfort in pursuing justice in a court of law. Initial case reviews with a wrongful death lawyer are done at no charge to you.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Each state sets its own laws regarding the nuances of wrongful death lawsuits. In California, the following individuals may be eligible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
If none of these individuals has survived the decedent, then anyone who might be entitled to receive property under the rules of intestate succession could be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These individuals are the decedent’s parents and siblings. In addition, the following individuals can file a lawsuit if they can prove that they were financially dependent on the decedent:
- Putative spouse and the children of the putative spouse
What damages may be available for a wrongful death lawsuit?
If a lawsuit is successful, the plaintiffs are awarded damages, or compensation, for various losses. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiffs may be able to recover damages for the medical expenses if the individual did not die immediately after the incident and incurred hospital costs. The family may also be able to recover the costs associated with the funeral and burial, along with the loss of the decedent’s income or potential income. In addition, non-economic damages may be available for the family’s mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of love and guidance.
Schedule your free consult at Ellis Injury Law
For over 25 years, the team at Ellis Injury Law has been vigorously advocating for the legal rights of personal injury victims and their families. After the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to think clearly and decide what to do next. We understand. During your free initial consultation, our personal injury attorney will thoroughly examine your case, explain your legal rights and discuss what your options for legal recourse are.
Even if you aren’t sure whether you might have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, we encourage you to give us a call at 888-675-8254 today. In California, you typically only have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death lawsuit, so don’t delay getting in touch with a La Puente wrongful death attorney to discuss your case.