Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
Under California law, a wrongful death claim may be filed by a surviving spouse, children, domestic partner, and other applicable family members. A wrongful death claim is designed to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions, and to recover damages for the victim and his or her loved ones.
Some of the scenarios that often result in a wrongful death claim include:
- Auto Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Premises Liability (dangerous property)
- Workplace Accidents
If you have lost a loved one in any of these scenarios, or others not listed, contact The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates, PLC to find out more about your options under California’s wrongful death laws.
Recovery in Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are designed to compensate surviving family members for their losses. Damages that may be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Funeral/Burial Expenses
- Loss of Benefits or Pension
- Loss of Future Earnings
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Consortium (deprivation of family relationships)
- Mental Anguish and Suffering
In order to obtain recovery, it must be proven that you lost a loved one, that someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing caused the death, and that you and your family have suffered losses as a result of the death. Proving these elements is best done under the guidance and skill of a wrongful death attorney.
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