Sometimes accidents can unfortunately result in the loss of life, and when that loss of life is at the hands of another individual, the surviving family members may seek compensation for their loss via a wrongful death claim. One of the leading causes of death in the United States is accidental death. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that every five minutes someone somewhere suffers a fatal injury.
For those family members and loved ones who are left surviving the untimely death of their loved one, it can be hard to let go of the deceased and move on with their lives. There will be feelings of loss, unfairness, helplessness, and stress. In some situations, life for the surviving family members can become very difficult, especially if the deceased was the sole breadwinner in the family. When you need to seek legal action against the party who caused the death of your loved one, you’ll need to consult with an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer.
When Wrongful Death Claims Can Be Sought
Under California law, heirs and dependents, including the decedent’s surviving spouse, children, stepchildren, and dependent parents, may seek damages for the loss of their loved one who died in a fatal accident. There are generally two main scenarios under which wrongful death claims arise. Either the death was the result of another person’s negligent actions, or the death was the result of an intentional act, wanton or reckless conduct, or a malicious act, such as criminal behavior. Some of the more common wrongful death causes include:
- Automobile accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents; and
- Slip and fall accidents.
Compensation That May Be Sought
As the surviving family members, you are entitled to damages for the loss of your loved one, the emotional pain and suffering you have to go through, as well as financial support damages and funeral and burial expenses. There are many factors that contribute to how much compensation may be sought. For instance, the victim’s life expectancy if not for the fatal accident, the amount of lost financial support, and whether the victim provided any companionship, comfort, care, society or protection to the surviving family members, are all important determinations that factor into the value of a wrongful death action.
Contacting a Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful death cases can be very complicated and emotionally charged. We at the Law Office of Kenechi R. Agu understand that losing a loved one can be an immensely painful situation that significantly changes your life. While you are grieving, it can be exceptionally difficult to face the realities of the situation and follow through with the legal aspects of your loss. Contacting a compassionate and understanding wrongful death specialist will relieve at least part of your burden, giving your more time to dedicate to grieving and getting your life and your family’s lives back on track. Please do not hesitate to contact the wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenechi R. Agu to help you through this difficult time.