Orange County’s Most Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing someone you love can be especially traumatic when you lose them to someone else’s careless or reckless behavior. Surviving family members who lose someone due to the intentional or accidental actions of another may be entitled to pursue financial compensation through a wrongful death claim for lost financial support, companionship, and household services.
If you have lost someone you love due to another person’s wrongful actions, an Orange County wrongful death attorney can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
What is Orange County Wrongful Death Claim?
California law allows surviving close family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit when someone dies due to the recklessness or negligence of another person. Wrongful death claims in California can be high value cases and can be very complex as they involve complicated areas of law and require showing that someone else’s negligence led to the death. Retaining a skilled attorney is the best way for the survivors to succeed in their claim and receive fair compensation they are owed under the law.
Wrongful death claims are civil matters, which means they are not handled by the criminal court. Defendants may be brought before the criminal and civil court for causing a death, however.
Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed due to many situations, including:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Auto accidents
- Train accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog attacks
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability wrongful death
- Workplace accidents
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim in Orange County
A wrongful death claim may result in three types of damages:
- Loss of companionship, moral support, and consortium.
- Value of household services.
- Value of financial support.
Only certain people may file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. People who can file claims include:
- The surviving spouse, children, and surviving children of the decedent’s deceased children. Survivors can file a claim separately or jointly.
- Next in line are parents, followed by siblings, children of deceased siblings, then grandparents.
- Final group may include putative spouses (or those who can prove they were married but not by law), children of a putative spouse, and step-children. Individuals in the second group can only file a wrongful death claim if they can show they were dependent upon the decedent.
Contact Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney Today
An experienced lawyer can provide sound legal counsel and aggressive representation if you have lost someone you love due to negligence. You may be eligible for financial compensation in the event of a loved one’s death, and an attorney can help determine the most effective way to proceed with your claim.
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed quickly as there is a statute of limitations. If you have suffered the loss of someone you love, a personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights and seek compensation to help you recover financially from the loss and provide for your family. Contact Rawa Law Group today for a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer in Orange County who will help you review your options.
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