It’s your worst fear: losing someone you love before it’s their time to go. No one wants to face this possibility, but sometimes we’re forced to deal with losing a family member too soon. Sometimes, the death of a loved one is caused by another’s careless or reckless behavior.
You certainly want justice if your loved one was lost in an accident that could have been prevented. What can you do? There are laws in California that allow you to seek justice and compensation from the party that caused the death of your loved one, if the death was caused by negligence or wrongful actions.
What Is a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death case is when you file a lawsuit against the party that caused your family member’s death.
Filing a lawsuit can serve several purposes: It can hold the at-fault party accountable for what they’ve done; it can prevent other people from being hurt by the negligent party; it can give you and your family justice for the wrongful death; and, it can compensate you and your family for the damages the death has brought to your life.
Fatal accidents that often involve negligence include the following:
- Vehicle wrecks
- Dangerous products
- Exposure to hazardous fumes or chemicals
- Premises liability accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Medical negligence
- Trucking collisions
- Construction or workplace accidents
Benefits of Winning a Wrongful Death Case
Many people file wrongful death claims because they don’t want the person who caused the death of their loved one to harm others. Filing a case has the benefit of also compensating the family for the losses they’ve been forced to face.
No amount of money can ever replace your lost family member, and no amount of money will ever truly set things right. However, winning a case might be the only justice you can receive for the death of your beloved family member.
Monetary compensation can be helpful for you and your family. In some cases, you could even use the money from a successful case to honor your loved one’s memory. You could found a charity organization in your loved one’s name, for example, or put the money toward something your family member cared deeply about.
Below are some of the damages often awarded in successful fatal accident cases:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income the deceased would have brought in, had they lived
- Trauma and anguish the family experienced due to the death
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses related to the accident or injury that resulted in death
Secure Help with Your Wrongful Death Case
You and your family deserve to be compensated for the death of your loved one, and a negligent party must be held to account. Not only will you be protecting others from injury by one careless party, but your case could also change important elements of injury laws.
Get help with your wrongful death case by partnering with an attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP. Fill out the online form below and receive a free, confidential case review. You can also reach an attorney by dialing 1-844-404-2400.