Wrongful Death Law

wrongful death law

Wrongful death happens as a result of serious injuries inflicted on the victim as a result of personal injury accidents like traffic accidents and premises accidents. In case of wrongful death, the law provides that wrongful death compensation can be claimed by the loved ones left behind by the wrongful death victim, the amount of which, as well as the process for the claim depends upon the state law where the accident resulting to wrongful death occurred.

However, not just any relative can qualify as victims in wrongful death. In California, for example, a cause of action for wrongful death caused by the negligence of another may be pursued by the following persons or by the victims' representative:

  • (a) The wrongful death victim's surviving spouse, partner, children, and offspring of deceased children, or the immediate heirs of the victim if he dies without a will;
  • (b) Any other persons dependent on the victim like the putative spouse, stepchildren or the victim's parents; and
  • (c) A minor, if, at the time of the victim's death, the minor resided at least 180 days in the victims household prior to wrongful death and was dependent on the victim for at least one-half of the minor's support.

Wrongful death lawsuit only requires preponderance of evidence in order for the negligent party to be declared guilty or at fault and ordered to pay all the civil damages suffered by the wrongful death victims, who include: Property damage; Actual medical costs; Burial expenses; Loss of life's earnings; Loss of consortium and support; and Pain and suffering, among others. In case of wrongful death law suit, the heirs of the wrongful death victims claiming damages should be made aware that Statute of Limitations for filing a lawsuit for wrongful death is two (2) years from the date of the accident causing the wrongful death. Hence, if you fail to file you claims within said period then you will forever be barred from claiming any damages against the party at fault.

This is why, if you want to be sure if you can assert a wrongful death claim against the party at fault and make the negligent party pay a high price for his recklessness resulting to your loved one's untimely demise, the best thing to do is to contact a trusted wrongful death lawyer near you through Free Legal Consultation's Find A Lawyer or Post Your Case services. We can promptly match your legal needs with our roster of top notch wrongful death claims lawyers in your area or wherever you need legal representation. Aside from getting the best legal representation you can definitely find a lawyer you can trust and who can provide you with unsurpassed legal representation at practically no cost to you.

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