Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
If you are unsure where to turn after losing a loved one to a preventable accident, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Ellis Law. We can focus on obtaining compensation and justice for your loved one through a California wrongful death lawsuit allowing you and your family the opportunity to grieve and recover from your loss.
At Ellis Law, our wrongful death attorneys are:
- Compassionate and empathetic regarding the sensitive nature of wrongful death claims;
- Experienced and honest when offering advice about pursuing a wrongful death case; and
- Communicative and respectful of families dealing with the loss of a loved one.
We offer personalized service to families and will gladly answer any questions you have regarding your legal rights. Contact Ellis Law’s wrongful death attorneys to review the facts of your loved one’s case at no cost and no risk to you and your family.
Learn more about a potential wrongful death claim today by calling the offices of Ellis Law in Los Angeles. We are caring attorneys ready to fight for you and your family.
What Can a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Do for Me?
Wrongful death claims are one of the most complicated and challenging legal claims, and there is no reason to navigate a wrongful death claim alone. Experienced legal representation provides you and your family with a number of benefits, the least of which is taking the burden associated with a wrongful death claim off of your shoulders.
The wrongful death attorneys at Ellis Law know that no amount of compensation can ever replace your loved one. However, recovery for your loved one’s unexpected death can help pay any final medical bills, funeral expenses and replace support that your family relied on both now and were counting on in the future for life’s necessities.
At Ellis Law, attorneys will handle your wrongful death claim from start to finish and stand beside you throughout the entire claims process. This includes but is not limited to:
- Managing all insurance company communications;
- Contacting bill collectors and informing them of when to expect payment;
- Investigating your loved one’s death;
- Collecting relevant evidence;
- Identifying all possible sources of compensation;
- Calculating the total present and future costs and losses as a result of your loved one’s death;
- Aggressively negotiating with insurance companies to obtain a fair and just settlement; and
- Taking your wrongful death case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay sufficient compensation.
Let the dedicated and determined wrongful death attorneys at Ellis Law hold any responsible party(s) accountable for the harm they caused you and your family. Contact our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation with our legal team.
There is no obligation associated with your appointment so let our attorneys answer your questions and help to put your mind at ease.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death is a death due to the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, omission, or fault of another. A wrongful death claim is an insurance claim for monetary compensation made by a family member or representative of a deceased person’s estate. Wrongful death claims generally arise from personal injury accidents.
Some common accidents resulting in wrongful death claims are as follows:
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Slip and fall injuries;
- Medical malpractice accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Firearm accidents;
- Drownings; and
- Intentional acts of violence.
A wrongful death lawsuit is separate from a criminal prosecution. The criminal prosecution of a death is a homicide. The state brings a homicide case against the perpetrator of the homicide to punish them with jail, prison, probation, or another state-sanctioned criminal method of punishment.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
In California, there are specific parties eligible to file a wrongful death claim. These are the following:
- The deceased person’s surviving spouse;
- The deceased person’s domestic partner; and
- The deceased person’s surviving children.
If financially dependent on the deceased and able to prove it, the following can also bring a wrongful death lawsuit in California:
- The surviving alleged spouse and children of the alleged spouse;
- The surviving stepchildren;
- The surviving parents of the deceased.
If none of the above are living, then a wrongful death claim is available to anyone “who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.” such as the deceased person’s siblings.
For more information about California intestate succession and eligibility to file a wrongful death claim, it is wise to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney.
Compensation Available in a Wrongful Death Claim
The amount of compensation available in a wrongful death claim in California depends on the facts of the individual case. However, the types of damages do not vary. Damages are divided between compensation for monetary losses, known as economic damages, and compensation for personal losses or non-economic damages.
Compensation for economic damages associated with the death and are meant to reimburse the estate. They have fixed dollar amounts and may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Medical and hospital bills for the deceased prior to death; and
- Lost income and income potential for the deceased.
Compensation for non-economic damages are tailored to the surviving family members and may include:
- The value of household services;
- Loss of love; and
- Loss of companionship.
Wrongful death claims in California need filed within two years of the date of death. Otherwise, compensation is barred.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
If you would like to learn more about wrongful death claims in California, contact the experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Ellis Law. Our legal team will review your loved one’s case, answer your questions about wrongful death claims and address your concerns to help set your mind at ease going forward with your case.
At Ellis Law, we want to help you and your family hold any negligent parties accountable for the death of your loved one and secure the compensation you need to continue with your lives as comfortably as possible.