Rancho Palos Verdes Wrongful Death Lawyers
The loss of your loved one has shattered your world. What makes the pain and sorrow even worse is knowing that he or she did not have to die. The actions of another person or entity are the reason your loved one is gone.
You know that no one can bring your family member back, and no amount of money can ever replace them. However, you should not be saddled with the hardship of losing your loved one’s income and support without some compensation. It is a way to seek justice for your loved one’s untimely death. The compassionate personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can help you receive the maximum compensation for the loss of your loved one. Our experienced attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for clients since our inception.
Not every accidental death is a wrongful death, but many are. A wrongful death occurs when another party negligently, recklessly –or intentionally –causes death. Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Firearms accidents
- Defective products
- Defective drugs
- Slips and falls
- Medical malpractice
Crimes such as assault and battery, manslaughter, and murder are also causes of wrongful death. That also holds true if your relative was killed by a drunken driver. A civil lawsuit filed against the perpetrator is separate from any criminal charges and trial.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit
In California, only family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Such members may file in the following priority:
- Domestic partner
When the deceased did not leave behind these surviving family members, other relatives may file the lawsuit. This would include parents, siblings, and others falling under the state’s intestate succession laws.
The statute of limitations in California for filing such a lawsuit is usually two years from the death date. Even though this is a difficult time in your life, it is critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible so an investigation of the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death can begin.
Wrongful death damages
California permits economic and non-economic damages in wrongful death cases. A Rancho Palos Verdes wrongful death lawyer will determine the value of economic damages, using a straightforward formula. These include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost financial support
- Loss of gifts or benefit to heirs
- Value of household services provided by the deceased
Non-economic damages are more subjective, and may include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of training and guidance
- Loss of protection
- Loss of affection
Contact Rancho Palos Verdes wrongful death lawyers
When tragedy strikes and a family member is killed because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us online or calling us 24/7. Settlements are reached in most cases, but if the insurance company will not agree to a reasonable amount, we do not hesitate to take the case to trial. There is no fee unless we win.