Wrongful death is the non-natural ending of a life, which is caused either
unintentionally or maliciously by another person. The full costs of death
are not paid by the deceased alone. Instead, those left behind must bear
the emotional and financial burdens of loss.
Our Orange County personal injury attorneys will fight for a settlement you deserve and will be there to help you through this tough time. We handle wrongful death lawsuits in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Wrongful Death Suits Are Not Criminal Cases
At first glance, a wrongful death lawsuit may resemble a criminal case for
manslaughter or murder. However, a wrongful death suit is a civil action,
and is tried in civil court. Since the case is tried in civil court, the
burden of proof is lower. This means that a defendant may be found innocent
of criminal charges, but can still be found liable for damages in a civil
As civil actions, wrongful death claims are subject to a different statute
of limitations standard. In California, wrongful death claims must be
filed within two years, in most cases. However, exceptions apply, so please
click here to email us the details of a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death: Financial and Emotional Loss
No death ever occurs in a vacuum. Someone is always left behind to grieve;
whether that person is a spouse, a parent or a child.
Wrongful death suits acknowledge the financial and emotional support
that the deceased offered to his or her loved ones. The purpose of the
suit is to seek damages from the defendant to assuage that loss. The victim
may have provided for the care of an aging parent; supported a spouse,
or paid a child’s college tuition bills.
Also significant is the loss of companionship caused by the wrongful
death, as well as the emotional anguish of grief. While a wrongful death
settlement cannot replace the love and emotional support the victim gave
to his or her loved ones, fair compensation can grant the survivors the
time to piece their lives back together.
Wrongful Death: Considerations
The awards in a wrongful death suit are subject to many considerations.
The age of the victim and his or her general health may affect the damages
awarded in a suit. The marital status of the victim, as well as the number
and ages of any children left behind also play a role in determining the
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the wrongful death incident,
additional punitive damages may be awarded to the surviving family and
loved ones of the victim. Punitive damages are meant to censure a defendant
whose negligent or malicious actions are especially heinous.
What Can You Do?
If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death incident, contact the
Law Offices of Samer Habbas. You may be entitled to a fair settlement!
Please call 1-888-848-5084 to discuss your case, or
you can fill out our free personal injury consultation form.
The California wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas help the survivors of victims
receive just compensation for their tragic losses.
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Riverside, CA 92505