Unfortunately, a wrongful death often happens at the most surprising and inconvenient times. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we know how these terrible situations can affect those who are left behind. Our deepest condolences go out to anyone who has experienced this tragedy.
During this stressful time, many people have concerns about how this life-altering experience will affect them in the long run. If you had a loved one pass as a result of a wrongful death, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses.
Below, our Riverside wrongful death attorneys will discuss wrongful death and who can file a claim against the individual at-fault for the death of their loved one.
According to California’s wrongful death law — which is primarily covered in California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 — a wrongful death is characterized by, “a cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.” This further stipulates which family members are entitled to recover damages if a loved one was killed because of someone’s wrongful act.
The individuals that can file a lawsuit are often determined by those that can inherit the decedent’s belongings after their death. They would ordinarily only be able to sue in order of priority, as listed below:
Once a wrongful death claim is filed, the plaintiff is expected to show proof of the defendant’s negligence that contributed to wrongful death. This includes the following:
If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced Riverside wrongful death attorneys readily available to provide you with legal assistance.