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El Cajon Wrongful Death Lawyer

If your loved one was killed in a traumatic accident because of someone else’s negligent actions, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a wrongful death attorney in El Cajon to seek compensation for your family’s suffering. 

Grieving the loss of a family member can feel unbearable, especially when the death was unexpected and caused by someone else’s negligence. Trying to recover without having a sense of closure after the accident may seem impossible. Thankfully, in the state of California, close relatives are allowed to file wrongful death lawsuits to seek justice.

If your loved one died in an accident and you think other parties were liable for the death, an attorney from The Kindley Firm, APC, can investigate the accident and prove negligence. Your family deserves compensation for the death to account for funeral expenses as well as pain and suffering. An El Cajon wrongful death lawyer can make your recovery process easier by negotiating on your behalf.

Who’s Allowed to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The state of California only allows specific family members to file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones because this keeps the court system from being overloaded with wrongful death claims. It also ensures that wrongful death lawsuits are of a genuine nature. The family members allowed to file wrongful death lawsuits include the following:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children
  • If there are no surviving family members, the person who would be entitled to the property of the decedent can file a claim

Family members of the deceased should be aware that there’s a statute of limitations in place in the state of California of two years for wrongful death cases. This means a wrongful death claim needs to be filed within two years of when the death occurred. Otherwise, the claim won’t be heard in the court system and no compensation will be awarded.

Typical Accidents That Lead to Wrongful Death

Any fatal accident can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit if the liable party who caused the accident is proven to be negligent in some way. Common accidents that lead to wrongful death include car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, work-related accidents, criminal acts, and product defect accidents.

Damages That Can Be Recovered by Families in Wrongful Death Cases

When you lose a loved one in a wrongful death case, your family will experience both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will include funeral expenses, possible medical expenses from before your loved one died, and a possible loss of income if your loved one was the sole provider in the family.

Understandably, your family will also experience a significant change to your overall lifestyle, and these damages will be categorized as non-economic damages. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress can all be monetized and included in your claim value as non-economic damages.

Contact an El Cajon Wrongful Death Attorney

No one deserves to lose their life because of someone’s negligent actions. No family should have to deal with the resulting grief and hardship. At The Kindley Firm, APC, we hope to make the healing process easier, even in the slightest way, by getting your family the maximum settlement you deserve.

To speak with an El Cajon wrongful death lawyer about your claim in further detail, call 619-550-1313 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free consultation.

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