Losing a family member is difficult. It leads to a host of emotions. It is even more difficult when the death of the family member is unexpected and due to someone else’s negligence. In such certain times, one is often unsure of what to do, what rights you have and why hiring an attorney can be beneficial. There are several questions that you may find asking yourself about how to medical expenses, or funeral costs. Even worse, if the family member was the sole provider for the family, those left behind are faced with how the family can financially sustain these difficult times.
The Law Office of George Moschopoulos, APC can help. While nothing can bring back a lost family member or truly heal a person emotionally, Wrongful Death actions can ensure that your rights are preserved. California has passed special laws to allow a wrongful death claim brought in the name of certain surviving family members. When another person or entity is at fault for the death of your loved one, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death action. A wrongful death lawsuit may arise from several different circumstances, such as:
- Automobile accident
- Trucking Accident
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Fire or Smoke Inhalation
- Dog Bites
- Construction Accidents
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Intentional Acts that lead to a Person’s Death
Who Can Pursue A wrongful Death Action
In California, the surviving heirs of a person can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. This may include:
Other surviving heirs may also be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Some surviving heirs may have to establish that they were dependent on the family member who has passed away.
What Damages may be Recoverable
If you file a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover for medical bills, loss of anticipated financial support, and loss of consortium for a spouse. It is pertinent to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights, and gather evidence for the case.
Contact The Law Office of George Moschopoulos, APC for a free 30-minute phone consultation to determine whether it may be beneficial for you to file a wrongful death lawsuit. We are standing by to hear from you.