My L.A. Lawyers assists clients throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area whose loved ones have died due to the negligence or wrongful acts of another party. Wrongful death cases differ from other personal injury cases in that the person’s family members are the ones seeking recovery for their losses. Family members who may file a wrongful death lawsuit include a decedent’s spouse or domestic partner, children, parents, siblings and their children (nieces and nephews), grandparents, or next of kin.
Recoverable damages in a wrongful death lawsuit also differ from those available in personal injury cases. Potential recovery includes:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The lost financial support the person provided, including future income and household services
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of training and guidance, if the plaintiff is a child
If the decedent initially survived the accident but later died, family members or the estate’s personal representative are eligible to file a survival action. A survival action is a standard personal injury lawsuit, except that the person died before the suit was filed. Therefore, the damages available are the same as those in any other personal injury claim, and include medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses incurred before death, as well as any punitive or exemplary damages the decedent would have been entitled to before death. Unlike other personal injury lawsuits, however, damages for pain, suffering, and disfigurement are not available in a California survival action.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Wrongful death cases are complex and often require the use financial experts to determine the full extent of future losses. The Mission Hills injury attorneys at My L.A. Lawyers have a wealth of experience handling these unique cases, and are dedicated to obtaining the maximum recovery to which you are entitled, while at the same time providing comfort during this difficult time. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact My L.A. Lawyers today.