Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated, multifaceted, and emotionally draining. When you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, the emotional and financial consequences of the loss can be extremely traumatic and difficult to handle. While no amount of compensation can ever bring back your loved one, you may be able to recover damages to relieve the financial burden left by the death of your loved one due to the negligence of another party.

A finding of damages forces negligent parties to take responsibility for their actions, which deters foreseeable losses in the future and makes our community a safer place. At Effres & Associates, we understand that this is a traumatic time for you. We provide experienced and professional representation to all residents throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and all surrounding counties, so that you can focus on healing.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Under California’s wrongful death statutes, only certain family members have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Typically, the following members may be eligible for a wrongful death claim:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents
  • Siblings

To determine whether you and your family members can file a claim, contact a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer at our firm.

What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim?

Here are some of the damages that constitute a wrongful death claim:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of income, including the long-term future potential earnings of the deceased if he or she had lived
  • Medical expenses of the deceased before the death
  • Human losses including love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of marital relations

There are statutes of limitation that apply when you are filing a wrongful death claim in California, so you must act quickly as delays can cause your claim to expire. That means that you need to begin working as soon as possible to identify the responsible parties that you can name in a wrongful death claim.

Contact Our Team for Help

The responsible parties and their insurance companies will spend vast resources to defend wrongful death claims regardless of the claims’ merit. That is why you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer in your corner to fight for the damages that you and your family deserve. Our LA wrongful death law firm has more than 30 years of experience helping clients recover compensation for their losses as a result of another’s negligence.

For assistance filing a wrongful death claim, call (818) 222-9720 and speak with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer at Effres & Associates about getting a free consultation.

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