Wrongful Death Attorney in Los Angeles

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A wrongful death lawsuit is when a plaintiff seeks compensation for losses sustained due to the death of a loved one, allegedly caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person. As a family member and/or dependent, you can file a lawsuit to recover monetary damages. You may be entitled to compensation for financial and emotional support provided by the decedent when they were alive.

Wrongful death lawsuits are undoubtedly emotional and complex. Each case varies based on its unique circumstances. A wrongful death claim is civil in nature. It is independent of any potential criminal charges against the allegedly responsible party. Wrongful death actions can even be brought forth following a criminal conviction. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani can help with your wrongful death lawsuit and negotiate a settlement on your behalf, avoiding the time and costs of a trial. There are many types of wrongful death cases and it’s best to work with a lawyer who has much experience in this area.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

How to Prove Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim requires proof there was the death of a human being, it was caused by another party’s negligence or intent to harm, surviving family members are suffering financially or otherwise as a result, and there is a personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Evidence is key to proving wrongful death. Our experienced wrongful death lawyers in Los Angeles knows exactly what kind of evidence is most important, and that which must be gathered quickly before it is lost or destroyed. Other steps include notifying the insurance company and obtaining witness statements.

However, additional proof may include expert analyses. For example, engineers may help reconstruct how an accident occurred. Their insights can be used to build the case and determine once and for all who was responsible. You’ll also need to calculate the losses involved in the claim. Most of all, you need proof the defendant was negligent, careless, acted in a way that directly led to someone’s death, or omitted important steps and procedures that could have avoided such dire circumstances.

Wrongful Death FAQs

Immediate family members, including the surviving spouse, as well as a deceased parent’s children, domestic partner, grandparents of the decedent, or anyone who was a dependent of the victim may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you were dependent on the decedent’s income, compensation may include the amount of money they earned. You might receive an amount equal to their savings or future earnings and/or contributions. The settlement could also cover loss of companionship, medical and funeral costs incurred by the survivors, and the person’s pain and suffering while they were still alive.

The statute of limitations to file your claim in California is two years and, for medical malpractice/negligence cases, it’s just one year. However, you have just six months if filing a claim against a state agency. Your Orange County wrongful death lawyer can ensure all necessary steps are taken so your case is filed within the allotted time period. The actual time limit varies based on the circumstances. It can be at the date of death, or from when one discovered the cause of death; the difference can be anywhere from days to years.

Grief counseling is available to anyone bereaved by the wrongful death of a loved one. Specific counseling services can aid a client who has lost one or both parents, a parent who has lost a child, or someone who has lost a spouse. Grief counselors, psychologists, and psychotherapists provide such services and there are various types of support groups as well.

Call Your Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Today

The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani is prepared to examine the unique factors of your wrongful death lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve. We provide all the help needed to file your claim and gather the evidence needed to prove wrongdoing or negligence caused the death of a loved one. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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