Wrongful death cases represent the most extreme of catastrophic injuries that happen in California. Wrongful death means simply that an innocent victim dies because of the negligence of someone else. Unfortunately, in this type of case, the victim’s family is also the victim and suffers a great deal.
Losing a loved one is a very difficult experience, especially if the death was caused by a preventable accident and was untimely. These preventable accidents may be due to defective or dangerous products, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice or many other types of negligence that may ultimately lead to wrongful death.
If your loved one died due to a preventable death caused by negligence or any other avoidable reason, he or she may have been a victim of a “wrongful death” and as a surviving family member of the victim, you have the right to hold the negligent person (or party) accountable for their negligent actions.
Even though any monetary settlement can never make up for the loss of a loved one, you may be able to recover monetary damages, ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. The damages you may be entitled to may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of companionship
Only a qualified and experienced wrongful death attorney can quantify the above figures. The compensation can serve to help family members recover from the extreme hard times inherent in these types of cases.
Every wrongful death case is unique and involves many complex elements that must be thoroughly investigated and examined by an experienced wrongful death attorney. A skilled wrongful death attorney can protect your rights and guide you and your family through the often-tragic circumstances that the families of victims face in any wrongful death case.