Losing a loved one in an accident is unimaginably difficult—especially when another party is to blame.
Although nothing can truly replace the loss of a loved one, filing a wrongful death claim on their behalf can help the family seek justice and fair compensation.
California’s wrongful death statutes allow certain family members or other designated people the opportunity to present a claim for damages. See below to learn more about who qualifies, and don’t forget to contact a wrongful death attorney with The Kindley Firm, APC for a free evaluation.
Determining Whom Can Sue for Wrongful Death in California
When it comes to the question of who can sue for wrongful death, it’s important to understand that each state has a different answer.
In California, eligible family members can bring a suit when someone dies as the direct result of another person’s wrongful act. “Wrongful” can be taken to mean many different things—and a wrongful death could include one that was caused due to purely accidental, negligent, reckless, or even intentional acts.
According to California law, eligibility to file a wrongful death claim is limited to the following family members or individuals:
- Surviving spouses or partners of the deceased
- Others with interest in the estate that qualify under California law
Compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate surviving heirs for support that they could have received from the decedent in their lifetime, can include both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of future income
- End-of-life expenses
- Emotional damages
Regardless of the nature of the event that led to the loss of your loved one—from car accidents, pedestrian accidents, work accidents, or others—an experienced attorney can help you maximize your potential settlement.
Get Help from a Wrongful Death Attorney
Have you experienced the loss of a loved one in an accident or due to an intentional act? Let a wrongful death attorney with The Kindley Firm, APC review your case for free.
Call us at 619-550-1313 or fill out the form on your right to learn more.