Playa Del Rey Wrongful Death Lawyers
The grief that follows an unexpected death in the family can be unbearable. However, knowing that the loss of your loved one occurred due to the negligence of another person can make these wounds especially difficult to heal. If you have experienced a recent avoidable loss in your family, a Playa Del Rey wrongful death lawyer might be able to help.
Under the laws of the State of California, certain family members are entitled to bring a lawsuit for compensation against the person responsible for the death. These cases are complex, requiring extensive legal experience to help maximize the recovery on a claim. At Ellis Injury Law, our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to serving the grieving families of Playa Del Rey. If you believe you have a viable wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a free consultation.
Wrongful death claims vs. criminal cases
It is important to know what to expect from a wrongful death claim. These lawsuits are not criminal prosecutions. If your wrongful death lawyer is successful, it will not result in the incarceration of the person responsible. Instead, the remedy available in these cases is monetary compensation.
Although these claims are not criminal in nature, it is possible that prosecutors could bring a case against the responsible party regardless of what happens in your civil suit. Even if that person avoids charges or is acquitted in a criminal trial does not mean you cannot prevail in a civil suit.
Money might not be a major motivator for everyone in this situation. However, in cases where the police decline to prosecute the responsible party, it could be the only avenue for any form of justice for your loved one. Additionally, the compensation available through these claims could help family members that relied on your loved one to make ends meet.
Types of claims
There are two different types of claims that could stem from the unexpected loss of a family member: wrongful death lawsuits and survival actions. While similar, these claims seek compensation for different types of losses. A wrongful death lawsuit is designed to compensate surviving family members for the loss of financial and emotional support. Additionally, these claims also could recover funeral costs and burial expenses.
Survival actions allow the surviving family to seek compensation for claims the deceased person accumulated shortly before death. Essentially, these would be personal injury claims had they survived. These claims cover damages for the medical expenses of the decedent’s final injury or illness, their pain and suffering, and lost wages among other things.
Contact a Playa Del Rey wrongful death lawyer right away
Do you have questions about filing a wrongful death claim? The process of filing a wrongful death claim can seem foreign to most people, so having questions is understandable. That is why Ellis Injury Law offers free, no-obligation consultations on any wrongful death claim. To schedule your free consultation with a personal injury attorney, call Ellis Injury Law as soon as possible.