Wrongful death is considered to be a death that has occurred through the wrongful act or negligence of another. A wrongful death may arise from accidents, malpractice and or as the result of an intentional act.
A wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party is generally initiated by or on behalf of the spouse, children or family of the decedent, through their wrongful death attorney. In some unique situations, someone other than the deceased’s immediate family is able to recover damages if they relied upon the deceased for support.
Recoverable damages in a California wrongful death case may include:
- Hospital and medical care
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for the financial aid the deceased would have provided in the future
- Compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, love and moral support the deceased would have provided
In addition to the Wrongful Death claim, the decedent’s estate may, in certain cases, have a claim for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering preceding death.
The law in this area is very complex and can involve many areas of the law. It is sometimes difficult to assess the damages due to their intangible nature. If you feel that someone close to you has suffered a wrongful death due to the negligence of another, seek the advice of a California wrongful death attorney.
Attorney Nick Lowe has been protecting the rights of seriously injured victims and their families throughout the Sacramento area since 1992. He has vast knowledge in all areas of personal injury law, including accidents, wrongful death, product liability and premises liability. Attorney Lowe has recovered substantial settlements for seriously injured clients in Northern California. He is respected in the community for his integrity, aggressive representation, and successful case outcomes.