The passing of a loved one is always a shock, even when it is expected following a long illness or other serious health issues. That shock is compounded when a beloved family member perishes unexpectedly due to causes you believe could have been prevented. If you need to speak with a Rialto wrongful death lawyer following the untimely demise of a loved one, make your appointment as soon as possible.
Attorneys who represent wrongful death cases understand the hurt, anger, and confusion family members often feel when someone they love was killed for malice or negligence-related reasons. Count on your legal professional to help you move forward with your claim as you deal with your grief.
What Does “Wrongful Death” Mean & Who Can File a Claim?
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure Title 3, Article 6, Section 337.60, filing a wrongful demise claim means an individual’s death was due to another person or entity’s negligence or wrongful act. The lawsuit must show that the person’s death directly resulted from negligence or intentional acts, resulting in financial hardship for surviving family members.
The surviving members of the deceased person’s family sue the defendant for monetary compensation, such as the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children. If there are no surviving relations of direct descent, California law allows other people to file claims assuming they were financially dependent on the deceased individual. Such people include the individual’s parents, stepchildren, and “putative” spouse. A putative spouse is not legally married to the person who passed; however, they considered themselves married to that individual from an emotional and mental standpoint.
Types of Wrongful Passing Cases
Legal professionals represent a wide variety of unnecessary death cases, including those related to:
- Boating accidents
- Car, truck, SUV, and motorcycle accidents
- Unsafe work environments
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents, including school, public, and charter bus accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog attacks
- Industrial accidents
Construction accidents can also call for untimely passing lawsuits, as can those connected to building collapses, airplane and ship accidents, sightseeing and helicopter plane accidents, contaminated food or drugs, and defective products.
Damages in Negligence and Intentional Tort-Based Death Cases
Surviving family members typically request numerous economic and non-economic damages in wrongful passing cases with the help of their attorneys. Economic damages refer to financial losses related to the accident, while non-economic damages provide compensation for non-monetary losses. Specific economic damages can include financial coverage for hospital bills, funeral and burial expenses, and lost income, including future income. Non-economic damages usually include pain and suffering, emotional and mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
California families have two years to file wrongful death claims starting from the date of the loved one’s passing according to Title 2, Chapter 3, Section 335.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
Schedule a Consultation with an Attorney Today About Your Wrongful Demise Case
Avoid statute of limitation issues by requesting a consultation with a Rialto wrongful death lawyer at your earliest convenience. Discuss all evidence connected to the case and count on the attorney to challenge the defendant if the case moves forward. You can also rely on the legal professional to represent you in settlement and court proceedings.
To get started on your case, call our law firm today and make an appointment. We look forward to assisting you during this trying time.