Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is one of the most devastating things a family can endure. If your family is facing these circumstances, you must understand your legal options. You should consider working with an El Dorado County wrongful death lawyer who can help you hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes is here to fight for the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve after such a loss. To learn more about what our firm can do for you, contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in California
The laws surrounding wrongful death claims are different in every state. In California, the surviving loved ones of a death caused by the negligence of another party may bring a wrongful death claim, which is considered a civil matter. However, if you lost a loved one during a criminal act, you are also permitted to bring a criminal case against the party if this is applicable to the situation.
Recovering Damages for a Wrongful Death Claim
In a California wrongful death claim, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the burdens this loss caused to your family. Some of the damages that The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes can help you recover may include the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Any final medical or hospital bills that the deceased party incurred prior to their passing
- Lost income and future income of the deceased party
- The value of household services provided by the deceased individual
- Loss of love, community, guidance, affection, moral support, and more
- Loss of anticipated financial support
Who can file a wrongful death claim in California?
Not everyone can file a wrongful death claim under the California Code of Civil Procedure section 337.60. The individuals that may file for wrongful death benefits include the following:
- A surviving spouse
- A surviving domestic partner
- Any surviving children
- A “putative spouse” and their children that can prove they were financially dependent on the deceased party
- A stepchild that was financially dependent on the deceased party
- Financially dependent parents of the deceased party
That being said, you must file your wrongful death claim within two years of the date of the loss. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations and it is imperative that you meet the requirements, otherwise you will most likely lose your legal right to take action and pursue justice.
Contact an El Dorado County Wrongful Death Attorney
The legal team at The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes extends our deepest sympathies if you have lost a loved one as a result of another party’s negligent actions. The weight that this loss bears can feel overwhelming, and we are here to help. While you work on preserving the memory of your loved one, we will fight to pursue justice in their name. Contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today to discuss whether you may have a case with an experienced El Dorado County wrongful death lawyer.