The loss of a loved one is among the most difficult things a person can endure. That loss is especially difficult to accept when it happens suddenly and is due to the fault of someone else. When a death is caused by the negligence or misconduct of another, it is considered a wrongful death and there may be a legal claim to be pursued. In the State of California, the law regarding wrongful death litigation can be complex; potential claims and recoveries can vary based on whether the deceased was an adult or a minor and who survived them. In such a trying time, it is important to have an experienced litigator on your side to make sure the rights of the deceased and their surviving loved ones are honored.
Wrongful Death in the State of California can leave families with a giant hole where their loved one used to be with lonely spouses, grieving parents, and children coping with the loss of one or both parents. The experienced lawyers at Jacobson & Associates will help you seek proper compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one. The staff at Jacobson & Associates is standing by 24/7 and consultations are always free.
What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
What is a wrongful death? – “When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another, his personal representative may maintain an action for damages against the person causing the death.
”Who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit? – “Every such action shall be for the benefit of the wife, husband, state registered domestic partner, child or children, including stepchildren, of the person whose death shall have been so caused. If there is no wife, husband, state registered domestic partner, or such child or children, such action may be maintained for the benefit of the parents, sisters, or brothers, who may be dependent upon the deceased person for support, and who reside within the United States at the time of his death.
In every such action, the jury may give such damages as, under all circumstances of the case, may to them seem just.
”Statute of Limitations
There is a limit to the amount of time you can wait to file a wrongful death lawsuit so contact us as quickly as possible.
How Do I Know If I Have A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?Defendant – When you file a lawsuit, you are the plaintiff suing the defendant. The defendant is generally an individual, an individual and their insurance company, a company, or government entity. These parties were negligent or were in breach of duty.
Duty – The defendant had a duty to act or a duty to refrain from acting in a way that caused or prevented the wrongful death. There are several different levels of duty. These levels of duty are dependent upon the situation.
Breach of Duty – The defendant failed to meet a standard of care. It is necessary to examine the case closely to determine which standard of care applies.
Causation – The plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s act or failure to act was the cause of the death. Your attorney will be able to help you determine causation by examining evidence.
Damages – Damages are calculated according to fixed algebraic formulas used by the courts and vary based upon age, occupation, and financial contribution of the deceased. They are also determined in either a lump sum or a depreciating scale over time. This is all determined in either court or in the settlement.
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Get Started With Your Free Wrongful Death Case EvaluationOur wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call The Law Offices of Jacobson & Associates at 1-800-529-7910. We are standing by 24/7, waiting to assist with a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.