Accidents can happen anywhere at any time and in the worst cases, change lives forever. A car crash or a workplace mishap can cause so much devastation so quickly and there are times when families are forced to pay the ultimate price with the loss of a loved one. Someone who has been lost in a terrible accident can never be replaced, but the pain and anguish can only intensify when a senseless death is caused by the carelessness or recklessness of a person or corporation.
If you and your family have lost a loved one in a tragic accident, you have rights meant to financially protect your family. These are protections that insurance companies will likely never mention.
To protect your family after a tragedy caused by the negligence of someone else, contact a California Wrongful Death Lawyer serving families during such a difficult time. We offer a free, confidential case consultation and work to ensure families are given time to grieve their loss without the worry of expenses caused by an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Wrongful Death Accident Claims In California
A “wrongful death” is a legal term describing the death of a victim after the intentional action or negligence of another person or company. Since the deceased can no longer provide emotional and financial support for family members, the family may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover some of the losses they’ve endured.
- Who is allowed to file? Wrongful death claims can be filed by a spouse or domestic partner and children of the victim on behalf of the rest of the family. If the victim was single and childless more distant relatives like parents and siblings of the victim may be allowed to file this civil claim. Basically, anyone who relied on support from the deceased may be involved. An attorney can also file the claim on behalf of the family and help with gathering the evidence needed to prove negligence by those involved in the death.
- What can earn support? A wrongful death lawsuit can ask for help for the family with burial and funeral expenses. Payment of any outstanding hospital bills and ambulance fees. The financial support the victim would have provided through their employment over the years to come can be compensated. The emotional support and guidance the victim would have provided a spouse and children over their lifetimes can also factor into a settlement.
Liability in Wrongful Death Cases
Families should be given space and time to mourn a lost loved one, but unfortunately, worries over funeral expenses and the lost income the victim had always provided can serve to make a tough period even harder.
Families should be protected during this time and they shouldn’t be targeted over an accident that could have been prevented. That’s why California’s Maison Law and founder Martin Gasparian have come to the rescue of so many families who thought they’d have to suffer the consequences of an accident alone.
These heartbreaking incidents can occur in so many different ways. As many ways as there are for people to neglect their duties to keep others safe. It can happen when a motorist decides to drive recklessly or drive while impaired. It can be the fault of a store owner who didn’t clean up a mess left on the floor that leaves someone to slip and hit his or her head. It can also be an employer who didn’t do enough to keep a worker safe.
These are just a few of the types of wrongful death cases we have helped families with:
- Farming, construction, and industrial accidents.
- Vehicle and motorcycle accidents. Accidents involving large trucks and delivery and rideshare vehicles.
- Pedestrian and bicyclist fatal accidents.
- Bus, train, and plane crashes.
- Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls.
- Defective products at home or at work.
- Medical malpractice.
Contact a Wrongful Death Accident Lawyer Serving California
Martin Gasparian, of Maison Law, wants to protect the rights of families who have already been put through so much. Families will have suffered through the tremendous shock of suddenly losing a loved one while also having to face a future without the love and support the deceased would have continued to provide.
The aftermath of a tragic event can leave a family to face stacks of invoices, including the normal monthly bills of car payments, and rent and mortgage fees. The end result can bring a family close to bankruptcy while waiting on those responsible to accept blame and lend support for their mistake.
Contact Maison Law so that we can oversee your case and make sure insurance companies aren’t allowed to subject your family to their common tricks. They like to drag their feet on a claim and then offer an unfair settlement when they think a family is desperate enough to sign off on it. Allow a local attorney to turn the tables on them and make sure your family’s needs don’t go ignored.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can I wait to file a wrongful death claim in California?
Your family can wait up to two years. You have up to 24 months from the date your loved one passed on, but you should consider talking to an attorney as soon as you can. Your lawyer will be securing evidence and locating witnesses and that will be easier to accomplish in the early going.
Can I file a wrongful death claim against the local government?
Yes. If a fatal accident happened on public property or due to the negligence of a governmental department you can seek compensation. In some cases, you have much less time to give notice of your intentions to file a lawsuit to the agency involved. It’s important to check with your attorney on the deadlines.
Will a wrongful death case end up in court?
Usually not. Those at fault and their insurance providers will do everything they can to avoid appearing before a judge and jury. Preparing for a trial can be very expensive for insurance firms and the people and companies they represent. Their negligent actions may also receive more attention if they go to court.