A death caused by a negligent, careless, intentional or reckless act of another person or corporation is considered a wrongful death. In most states, if the death of a relative or spouse was caused by the wrongful act of another, surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. Under California wrongful death statutes and laws, only the heirs and dependents of the deceased are authorized to seek damages for the wrongful death of the decedent. In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be able to prove that you will experience severe future emotional and financial hardship because of the loss of the negligent death. The required elements for a successful case for wrongful death include the death of person, that death was caused by the negligence of another, there are surviving family members who are monetarily suffering due to that death, and there must be a personal representative appointed to bring the suit on behalf of the decedent's estate. A claimant in a California wrongful death lawsuit may seek compensation for the loss of love, companionship, and moral support of the decedent, as well as the financial support and household services which the claimant would have received but for the negligent, accidental, or homicidal death of the victim.
California wrongful death lawsuits can be very complex and require the experience and expertise of wrongful death lawyers. Stephen Danz & Associates' lawyers have the experience and legal know-how necessary to guide you through the complicated legal process of moving forward after this emotional time in your life. If your loved one has recently passed due to the negligence of another, our lawyers are here to help. Please contact one of our Wrongful Death lawyers in Los Angeles immediately to setup your free consultation to discuss this matter. We take cases on a contingency basis and collect no attorney fees unless we win your case.