The loss of a loved one
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyers
The Early Passing of a Loved One Impacts Family, Friends, and Our Los Angeles Community as a Whole
Death is an unfortunate part of life. But, a wrongful death that could’ve been avoided is inexcusable.
If you lost a loved one in a tragic accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have our deepest condolences. While there’s nothing we, or anyone else, can do or say to take away your pain and feeling of loss, we want you to know you’re not alone. We’re here to help you and your family.
Century Law Will Fight for You
At a time like this, it’s perfectly normal to have strong feelings. You might be feeling angry, and confused, and a lawsuit might be the last thing on your mind. But, it’s our job to protect you and your family’s rights. We want to do that by educating and empowering you, so you know where you stand, what your options are, and how best to proceed.
What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is classified in California by the Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60. It is defines a wrongful death as “the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another”.
. . . the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another . . .Code of Civil Procedure [377.60]
What Causes Wrongful Deaths in California?
There are many types of accidents that can lead to a tragic end. Here are a few of the most common:
Who Can File on Behalf of the Deceased?
The surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, or persons entitled to property by succession;
Parents, or if deceased, legal guardians;
Dependents or stepchildren; and
A minor, if they lived with the deceased or at the deceased’s residence
The priority of who can file is based on closeness (spouse, then children, then parents, and down the line from there).
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Los Angeles
Most wrongful death claims in Los Angeles, California must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident. That being said, it’s important you don’t wait. Every day that goes by without legal representation can significantly diminish the value of your case. Contact your wrongful death lawyers at Century Law right away.
What Remedies Are Available for Wrongful Deaths in California?
There are many factors to consider when seeking compensation for a wrongful death claim, including but not limited to the following:
Expenses related to medical fees. Naturally, the hospital will do what they can to keep your loved one alive. Medical treatment costs vary and can quickly add up. These include, but are not limited to: Hospital fees, hospice fees, in-home care, emergency care, surgery, etc.
Burial expenses. An easily overlooked expense associated with death is the cost of burial. The national Funeral Directors Associated cited the median costs in 2019 at about $19,000. According to gobankingrates.com, the average out-of-poclet funeral expenses in California are $30,000 – the second highest in the nation.
Loss of financial support to family members. The loss of income to you as the spouse, child, or any other dependent is protected and can be part of your recovery. Changes in your quality of life as a result of your loss need to be quantified and incorporated into your remedy.
Loss of potential income. The shortening of the deceased’s lifespan affects their lifetime earnings. This loss of income also has an effect on you as the beneficiary of the deceased and is also part of your remedy.
Loss of love. How do you make up for the loss of love of your father, your mother, your brother, or your child? You can’t. But the law does provide potential remedies for this intangible, but essential component of a normal life.
Loss of companionship. Your quality of life as a spouse is unimaginably affected by the loss of your life partner. While nothing can replace your loss, the law can provide remedies for moving on with your life the best you can.
The Process for Receiving Compensation
Proving a wrongful death claim is inherently difficult. The many factors at play must be tied together and a cause must be directly attributed to the death of the victim beyond a preponderance of evidence. You should build a strong case consisting of police reports, medical expert testimony, photo and video evidence, witness statements, and accident reconstruction specialists. It should be crystal clear that the victim’s death was avoidable, and that but for the defendant’s negligence, he or she would still be here with us today.
It’s an uphill battle, and you need an experienced and relentless advocate by your side.
Let Us Help
Leverage our years of experience to your benefit, all without costing you a penny out-of-pocket. Call us now and find out how he can take care of you and your family, and get you the true compensation you deserve.