Fresno Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful Death Laws in California
Losing a loved one in a tragic accident is absolutely devastating and difficult to overcome for a long time. While you need time to grieve with the rest of your family, you are also dealing with the funeral and burial costs that can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. When you experience a wrongful death, a skilled personal injury attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to obtain compensation to cover your loved one’s expenses and pay for the emotional distress you all have suffered.
At Sawl Law Group, we are committed to helping families get the compensation and justice they deserve. With more than four decades of collective legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in a variety of personal injury cases, including wrongful death. Let us protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process while you and your family grieve in peace.
Call our Fresno firm today at (559) 205-7757 and request a free consultation.
What is Considered a Wrongful Death in California?
A wrongful death in California occurs when a person dies because of negligence or a wrongful act caused by another individual or entity. The wrongful death lawsuit is brought to court by the deceased person’s surviving family members or personal representatives of his/her estate.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The following individuals can file a wrongful death claim in California on behalf of the deceased person:
- Domestic partner
If none of the parties mentioned above exist, anyone who would be entitled to the deceased person’s property and estate (e.g. parents or siblings) can file a lawsuit. If a parent, stepchild, or “putative” spouse or child had depended on financial support of the deceased individual prior to his/her death, then these parties may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Compensation for Wrongful Death Claims
Damages are available to both the deceased person’s estate and surviving loved ones. Damages for the estate include:
- funeral and burial costs,
- medical expenses for the deceased person’s final injury or illness, as well as lost income
- and potential income he/she would’ve earned in the future.
Damages for the surviving family members include:
- loss of expected financial support,
- value of the deceased person’s household services,
- and loss of love and guidance.
It can be difficult to determine what amount of compensation is adequate, and the point is often debated. This is why it is vital that you hire a lawyer with knowledge and experience in the area of wrongful death.
Ready to Protect Your Family’s Rights & Best Interests
Our Visalia wrongful death lawyers have taken over 100 cases to trial and have helped countless clients obtain the most favorable outcome in their cases. By retaining our firm, you can have peace of mind knowing that we have the experience and the skill to handle your case.
Pick up the phone and contact us today or complete our free online evaluation form so that we can review your case and provide you with options.