Temecula Wrongful Death Attorney
The loss of a loved one after a severe accident is a devastating period for any family. The hole that the loved one leaves in your family structure can seem bigger every day. It is important to take the necessary time to grieve for your loved one, but it is also important to consider the options available after another person’s actions led to the death of your loved one. We can help as your trusted Temecula wrongful death lawyer.
California Wrongful Death Laws
Wrongful death claims can be brought after a person’s negligent actions lead to another’s death, through any of the following situations:
Specifically, the California wrongful death statute describes the action as a fatality caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another. A wrongful act can include drunk driving, excessive speed, hospital administration of the incorrect medication, or toxic substances.
In some instances, a wrongful death claim may be brought in both criminal and civil court, although the two claims do not overlap. The outcome of one proceeding will not affect the result of the other. Wrongful death civil claims differ from criminal actions since they are brought by individuals, whereas criminal charges are brought by the government to punish the offender.
A wrongful death claim may be pursued in court by closed family members of the deceased victim against the person who caused the fatality, with or without the help of an attorney. Civil claims cannot seek imprisonment, but can seek asset amount of damages to compensate for the loss of the victim. It can be confusing and the other side will put up a fight; but our Temecula wrongful death attorneys will prepare and execute a thorough legal plan for you.
A wrongful death claim may take into consideration the following:
- Any medical expenses prior to the death
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium / companionship
While the economic damages are often easy to calculate and project out, family members will often require the expertise of an experienced attorney to determine the worth of the noneconomic damages such as the loss of the victim.
California is a comparative negligence state, which means that a court can reduce the total amount of damages by the percentage which the victim is found to be at fault for the accident. For example, if the accident was exacerbated by the victim’s actions, leading to a finding of 25 percent of fault, the damages requested by the family will be reduced by 25 percent.
Temecula, CA Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent and wrongful actions of another person during an accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Liljegren Law Group. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with their wrongful death claims. This is often a very emotional and difficult time for families, and we approach wrongful death claims with the utmost respect, and will assist you throughout the claim process. Contact our Temecula office today for your initial free consultation.