Glendale Wrongful Death Attorneys
Thorough & Compassionate Representation for Surviving Family Members
If your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your loss. At Legal One Law Group, APC, APC, we understand that this time is confusing and painful. Our Glendale wrongful death lawyers can assist you through the complex legal process and handle all the stress and worry involved in filing a claim. Let us see to your claim so you can spend this time with your loved ones.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
In the event that a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract of another person or entity, that person’s family may file a lawsuit to recover damages. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit aimed towards receiving monetary compensation for a loss that was caused accidentally rather than by an intentional act of violence, as in a criminal case.
Examples of events that may lead to a loved one’s wrongful death include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Elder abuse and neglect
- Slip and fall accidents
- Attacks caused by negligent security
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in California
To file a wrongful death claim, you must be a close relation to the deceased. If the decedent had multiple dependents at the time of their death, all qualifying surviving family members are eligible to receive a wrongful death settlement.
In California, family members who may recover damages in a wrongful death case include:
- Spouses and domestic partners
- Children (biological, adopted, and step)
- Dependent blood relatives
- Dependent adoptive siblings
A personal representative of the victim must file a wrongful death claim. This is often a family member whom the deceased person named in their will or estate plan. If there is no such document, the court will appoint a personal representative. The role of this individual is to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of every qualifying survivor.
Damages recoverable in a wrongful death case in California include:
- Lost wages, benefits, and other earnings
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Mental and emotional pain due to the loss of a child
California law requires that wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death. If you try to file a claim after this time period, the court will not hear your case and you and your loved ones will lose the opportunity to receive compensation for your loss.
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