If you recently lost someone in an accident, you may be eligible to receive benefits for their wrongful death. At Cohen & Cohen, we have successfully handled hundreds of complicated wrongful death claims. Our wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles gets paid only when you get paid.
Wrongful death lawsuits
In California, you may be eligible to file for a "wrongful death claim" if your loved one or a family member dies in a fatal accident due to the wrongful act or negligence of another driver. The survivors of the deceased person may file a civil lawsuit to the court and demand damages. If the person at fault loses the case, he must pay monetary damages to the deceased person's family members.
Wrongful death claims differ in nature from a criminal case for homicide. Criminal cases are penalized with prison time and probation if found guilty. Wrongful death claims are penalized with payment of compensation or damages to the deceased person's survivors if found guilty.
Who files the wrongful death claim in California?
The law allows only the deceased person's survivors, such as the spouse, domestic partner, and children, to file a wrongful death claim. A dead person's parents or siblings may file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death if the deceased member does not have a spouse, domestic partner, or any children.
A deceased person's stepchildren or ex-wife may also file a lawsuit for wrongful death if they can prove to the court that they were financially dependent on the deceased person. Our expert wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles is highly skilled and experienced in fighting wrongful death claims.
Damages available in a wrongful death claim
The damages that you may receive in a wrongful death claim depends on a variety of factors that differ from case to case. The monetary damages that you receive will include funeral and burial expenses, the amount incurred on hospital bills while treating the deceased person's final injuries, and lost wages/income.
As a survivor of the deceased person, you are also entitled to receive the potential income that the deceased person would have earned, had he survived. As a survivor of the deceased member, you may also receive damages for the value of household services and the loss of love, guidance, and moral support.
When to file a wrongful death claim
According to the statute in the state of California, you must file a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of a person's death. As a deceased person's survivor, you lose your statutory rights to file a case in the civil court system after the 2-year mark.
Contact Cohen & Cohen today for assistance with your wrongful death claim. Do not fail to lose the financial support you deserve from the loss of your loved one. Get in touch with our wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles today, so that we can get started on your case right away.Wrongful Death Attorney Los Angeles