The passing of a loved one is devastating, especially when it occurred because of someone else's negligence. After such a tragedy, most people focus on grieving and helping their family get through the difficult time. Few people consider taking legal action.
While filing a wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind after the senseless death of a family member, it may be worth considering. Why? Because a wrongful death claim can offer a sense of justice and closure while also ensuring you and your family do not suffer financially.
Compensation for your current and future losses
Many people are not aware of the numerous expenses associated with a loved one's death. Funeral and burial expenses can run into the thousands of dollars alone, and many families are also responsible for paying medical bills associated with their loved one's care. When a death was unexpected, few people are prepared to take on those expenses.
In California, a successful wrongful death claim can lead to compensation for those expenses and others. In some cases, families are awarded compensation for loss of companionship and any future expenses that may be incurred because of their loved one's untimely death. Such awards help ensure families - especially dependent spouses and children - have the support they need to recover from such a loss.
Justice for a senseless death
Whether your loved one was killed because of a drunk driver, a malfunctioning product or something else that resulted from negligence, it can be hard to let go of feelings that justice should be served. With a wrongful death lawsuit, you can seek to hold that individual or entity accountable.
If your claim is successful, it may not only force the negligent party to compensate you and your family, but it may also force the negligent party to change its ways, which could prevent anything similar from happening to others.
If you do decide to consider a wrongful death claim, speaking to a lawyer can help. A lawyer can help you determine whether you have a strong case and help you find the best path forward.