Here at SM Law Group, APC, we represent injured plaintiffs in a variety of negligence claims. Unfortunately, sometimes the injuries from an accident are so severe that they are fatal to the victim. In these cases, the claim will change from an injury claim to a wrongful death claim. If someone you cared about was killed in an accident, you may be able to file a California wrongful death claim against the persons responsible for the accident. California wrongful death law evolved in order to compensate the families of victims of negligence. In the very early development of personal injury law, the right to bring a claim would extinguish upon the death of the victim. However, courts eventually found this to be fundamentally unfair to victims and their families, because egregious negligence that resulted in death was going unpunished. Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys are committed to helping families achieve justice on behalf of their loved one and can secure the compensation you need to move on.
Many different types of accidents can cause fatalities. The first example that comes to mind is auto accidents, which can often kill an occupant of one of the vehicles. However, fatalities can also result from workplace accidents (particularly construction accidents and manufacturing accidents), slip and falls, and medical negligence cases. Regardless of the type of personal injury claim, our lawyers at SM Law Group, APC can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your deceased family member.
In California, a wrongful death claim will need to prove the same elements as a personal injury claim: a duty of care, a beach of the duty (negligence), and an injury (in this case, a fatal injury). However, in addition to these elements, the plaintiff must also be certified by the court as an acceptable representative for the deceased individual. Under California law, this could include spouses, children, siblings, parents, or many other family members, but the rules about the priorities of these claims can be very complicated. In order to determine whether or not you qualify, you must have an experienced California wrongful death attorney review your case.
In addition to the complexities of determining who is an acceptable representative, wrongful death claims in Los Angeles also have an additional complication called a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations (commonly referred to by attorneys as an SOL) is a legal time limit that you have in order to file your claim. Depending on the events that transpired in causing the deadly accident, you could have a very short time frame to file your wrongful death lawsuit. This is why it is crucial that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible, because otherwise you could lose your opportunity to seek justice on behalf of your deceased family member.
At SM Law Group, APC, we have helped many families cope with the loss of a loved one, and we can help your family, too. We can recover damages that include any medical bills you’ve accrued as a result of treating your loved one, lost income after losing a family member you were financially dependent on, burial and funeral costs, and loss of companionship. We can also use our resources to investigate the accident and determine liability to ensure those responsible don’t evade liability. During a helpless and dark time, you can count on us to guide you to a better future. Call today for a free consultation where we can review your potential case and advise you about your legal rights.
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