Montrose Wrongful Death Lawyers
Few things in life result in as much grief as the unexpected passing of a loved one. While losing a close family member is never easy, learning that their death was avoidable can be especially difficult to cope with. When their death results from the careless or reckless act of another person, you or your family might have a viable wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim will not bring back your loved one or diminish your grief. However, it can provide you with a modicum of justice as well as help you meet the sudden financial burdens that come with an unexpected death. A wrongful death claim can help you and your family provide the financial support that had been your deceased family member’s responsibility prior to their passing. A Montrose wrongful death lawyer could assist you in seeking that compensation from the person responsible for your loved one’s untimely death.
At Ellis Injury Law, we have spent the last two decades representing the families of the deceased in Montrose’s wrongful death cases. We know how difficult the grieving process can be, which is why we focus on compassionately representing our clients. To learn how we can put your needs first, contact the personal injury lawyers of Ellis Injury Law right away.
What makes a death wrongful?
According to state law, death is wrongful if it results from another person’s negligence. This can include any careless, reckless, or intentional act. These are not criminal cases, and they will not result in an arrest or jail time for the person responsible. A wrongful death claim is a civil case; the remedy available in these cases is monetary compensation from the responsible party.
While this not a criminal matter, it does not mean that a corresponding criminal case cannot occur. In fact, it is not uncommon for the police to investigate the death as a crime at the same time your attorney is reviewing a potential wrongful death lawsuit.
The right to file a wrongful death lawsuit
In California, there are strict criteria for the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Only certain immediate family members have the right to pursue a claim. According to state law, the family members that make see compensation through a Montrose wrongful death lawsuit include:
- The spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
- The children of the deceased
- Parents under the deceased’s care
If none of these heirs are available to file suit, the right to bring a claim falls to other family members including non-dependent parents, siblings, and their children. For a better understanding of the right to file a wrongful death claim, contact a wrongful death lawyer right away.
Reach out to a Montrose wrongful death attorney
If you have questions regarding your wrongful death claim, our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations. When you meet with a personal injury attorney from Ellis Injury Law, they can address any questions or concerns you might have. Call today to schedule your free consultation.