Wrongful Death Claim: Who Can Sue and What Damages Are Available?
When an individual is killed as a result of the wrongful or negligent actions of another party, their survivors or representative may file a wrongful death claim to recover damages. In order get the full compensation they deserve, it is necessary to hire an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney to handle the case.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
There is a big difference between a wrongful death claim and other personal injury claims. In a wrongful death claim, the person suing is not the injured victim, but their surviving family members. While the “real parties” in interest may vary from state to state in filing a wrongful death claim, some of these parties generally include the immediate family members, such as spouses, children and parents of unmarried children.
Your Los Angeles wrongful death attorney will look at the specific facts of your case to determine who can file a claim and is entitled to compensation.
Available Damages In a Wrongful Death Claim
California law allows wrongful death claimants to recover money damages for all harm suffered and all harm that is likely to be suffered in the future as a result of the victim’s death.
The following damages are generally recoverable under California law:
- Past medical expenses, including hospital charges.
- All costs associated with the funeral and burial of the victim.
- All past and future loss of wages and financial support that would have been provided by the victim had they not died.
- Loss of services, such as parental advice, childcare, and household services.
- Loss of consortium, love, comfort and affection.
This is not an inclusive list of the available damages in a wrongful death claim. Your Los Angeles wrongful death attorney will need to evaluate the specifics of your case to determine what damages you are entitled to.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
If you lost a loved one due to the negligent or careless actions of another individual or party, you should contact the experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at 1-888-848-5084. We are dedicated to getting you the full compensation that you deserve.