San Dimas Wrongful Death Lawyers
It seems like a nightmare, but it is an all too painful reality. Because of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, your family member is dead. Even as you struggle with grief, you worry about your future and that of your family after such a devastating loss.
The compassionate San Dimas personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can hold the responsible parties accountable for your relative’s death. No amount of money can bring your loved one back, but we can help you receive the maximum compensation for your loss so that you and your family obtain some justice.
Wrongful death occurs when the individual dies due to a negligent, or deliberate, act. Not every accidental death is a wrongful death per se, but much depends on the circumstances. Examples of wrongful death situations include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Elder abuse
- Defective products or drugs
Even though you are in the midst of the mourning process and still trying to deal with the enormity of your loss, it is critical to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible. When another person or entity commits a wrongful act resulting in death, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
While the statute of limitations in California for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the death date (and it is just six months if a government agency is involved) crucial evidence may disappear if an investigation does not start promptly.
Wrongful death compensation
Damages, or compensation, for wrongful death may include economic and non-economic losses. The former include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lifetime financial support the deceased would have provided
- Value of the deceased’s household services
- Loss of heir’s benefits
Non-economic damages may include:
- Loss of companionship
Loss of protection
- Loss of guidance for children
A wrongful death lawyer can calculate the value of economic damages based on a relatively straightforward formula, including the deceased’s age, income, and educational level. Non-economic damages are not based on formal numbers, but juries are not limited in the amounts they may award.
Contact San Dimas City wrongful death lawyers
When you suffer the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s actions or inactions, a compassionate personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law is here to help. Call us to schedule a free consultation, or contact us online. For over two decades, our dedicated lawyers have helped families going through such devastating situations. While the majority of cases are settled, we do not hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless you do. Reach out to us today, you have nothing to lose.