Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers Can Help
The sudden loss of a loved one can affect every aspect of your life. Beyond the unbearable grief that comes with a death in the family‚ there is financial hardship that is difficult to overcome. Depending on the circumstances of the death‚ it is sometimes possible for the decedent’s family to pursue financial compensation for their losses by filing what is known as a wrongful death claim.
If you believe that your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing‚ please do not hesitate to learn about your legal options. We understand the severe impact the death of a loved one can have on your family. Please contact the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers at (888) 233-5020 for more information about filing a wrongful death claim.
What is Wrongful Death?
First‚ it is important to understand the definition of “wrongful death.” In California‚ a “wrongful death claim” arises when one person dies as the result of the wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity. For example‚ when a drunk driver kills someone in a accident‚ that death is “wrongful” and the victim’s family can pursue financial support for their loss with a wrongful death claim.
The types of cases that are most often associated with wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Car‚ truck‚ motorcycle‚ bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Bus and train accidents
- Aviation crashes
- Home fires
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Premises liability cases
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Chula Vista?
If you believe that you have a valid wrongful death claim‚ the next step is determining if you can file a claim. California law allows only certain people to file a wrongful death lawsuit such as the decedent’s surviving spouse‚ domestic partner and surviving children. If there are no survivors in the deceased person’s immediate family‚ then a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by that person’s parents‚ siblings or other member of the family or household who was dependent on the decedent financially. In California‚ a wrongful death lawsuit may also be brought by the decedent’s putative spouse‚ the children of a putative spouse and stepchildren.
What Damages Can Be Claimed
In general‚ a wrongful death claim will result in financial support for economic as well as noneconomic damages such as:
- Lost wages including what the victim would have earned in the future
- Any losses suffered because of the accident including medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of love and companionship
- Punitive damages
Contacting an Experienced Chula Vista Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim‚ please contact the experienced Chula Vista personal injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers. We will conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that you receive justice and fair compensation for your significant loss.
We understand that monetary compensation will not bring a loved one back or erase your grief. But‚ many of our clients have taken solace in the fact that they have held the negligent parties or wrongdoers accountable while receiving monetary support to carry on with their own lives. Please contact us at (888) 233-5020 to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.