In California, the term wrongful death is when someone dies as the result of someone else’s wrongful act (whether the act was careless, reckless, negligent or intentional). The defendant may or may not face criminal charges. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that allows financial recovery for the death of the decedent.
Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- Burial and funeral expenses,
- Medical bills for the deceased persons treatment (if applicable)
- Amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- Compensation for the individual can include:
- The value of household services the decedent had performed
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of love, affection, moral support and guidance
WHO CAN SUE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH
Under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, a cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another may be asserted by any of the following persons:
- Domestic partner
- Grandchildren, but only if the deceased person’s children are also deceased
- Other minor children who were dependent on the deceased for at least 50% of their financial support (this can include stepchildren, parents, etc.)
- Anyone else who would be entitled to the deceased’s property under California’s law of intestate succession
If you or someone you know has experienced the wrongful death of a family member, we can help. BRUNO | NALU received a $40 million verdict for a wrongful death case in Riverside, CA, $10 Million in Murrieta, CA and $13 million in Los Angeles, CA to name but a few. These are extraordinarily difficult cases, and you need an experienced team to fight for you. If you believe you have a wrongful death case, please contact our office for a free consultation.