Riverside Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is, in some ways, more devastating than losing a loved one to natural causes. For help seeking justice for your loved one’s passing, contact a Riverside wrongful death attorney.
Losing a loved one is an emotionally traumatic ordeal, no matter the situation. A life is priceless, and the death of a loved one cannot be fully healed with compensation.
However, the loss of your loved one may mean that your family is left without the wages he or she brought in, as well as many other benefits. Worse, your loved one might have passed because of the careless actions of another person. If this is the case, you could be compensated for your losses.
When dealing with a wrongful death claim, you want someone with empathy for your situation and the knowledge to get you and your family the damages you need to go on without your loved one. A Riverside wrongful death lawyer from our firm will understand your situation and fight hard for the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in California?
Wrongful death is a unique type of court case because the victim—the would-be plaintiff—is not available for the trial. While wrongful death is a type of personal injury, actions must be, in a sense, vicarious—you or your family will receive the damages for your suffering, as well as any expenses from the accident and your loved one’s death.
Before you file your Riverside wrongful death claim, you need to ensure that you can, in fact, sue for damages. The first members of the family that are able to sue are spouses and domestic partners, as well as any children of the deceased, or decedent. This includes any stepchildren of the deceased.
Likewise, anyone dependent on the decedent may sue for damages. Parents are also allowed to file a claim, regardless of whether the deceased was dependent on them at the time of death.
A putative spouse is also legally able to file a claim. A putative spouse is in a technically void marriage, which may have been invalid because of a legal issue. If the decedent is found to be married in good faith, meaning that both parties believed that the marriage was valid, then the putative spouse should be able to file.
If you are one of these members of the family, you may be compensated for this difficult time. A Riverside wrongful death claim lawyer from our firm is ready to help you get your life back on track after your tragic loss.
Wrongful Death Damages in Riverside
In wrongful death claims, the difference is not only in the plaintiff. Damages awarded for wrongful death are typically meant to fill two needs: funeral costs or other expenses stemming from the victim’s death and compensation for the financial impact on the surviving family.
The latter means that you and your family can receive compensation based on your loved one’s earning potential. This can be helpful for those who have lost children or elderly family members, as well. But if the decedent didn’t provide income, you will likely receive less compensation for his or her loss.
This can be especially difficult when dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one in Riverside. While your settlement will not bring your family member back, it can make dealing with the tragedy of your loss easier. And having someone on your side to strengthen your claim can make a difference in your case.
Knowing what damages you can claim is an important part of your Riverside wrongful death case. As mentioned, you should be compensated for any monetary losses associated with the death. This should include the following:
- Medical expenses associated with the accident or illness
- Household services, if the deceased required them
- Funeral expenses
Getting fair compensation is rarely easy, especially while dealing with the trauma of losing a loved one. With our help, though, you can receive the compensation your family needs.
Consult with a Riverside Wrongful Death Attorney
If your loved one suffered from an accident that took his or her life, you deserve compensation to help you recover and maintain your day-to-day life. If you’re interested in filing your claim with the help of our firm, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP, we want you to receive the compensation you need for the difficulties you have been through.
Our firm also offers a free, no-strings-attached consultation with a Riverside wrongful death lawyer. If you have a question or concern about your case, contact us. We can be reached through our online contact form below, or you can give us a call at 1-844-404-2400.