Compassionate Advocacy For Families Who Have Lost A Loved One
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 a skilled and caring attorney 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.
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. Specific damages may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Reimbursement for the victim’s medical bills prior to death
- Lost wages (past, present and future) that the victim would have provided to the family
- Loss of the victim’s companionship, guidance, love and services
You may also be able to seek compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering, in certain cases.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in California?
Not everyone is eligible to file a wrongful death claim in California. Generally, plaintiffs are limited to
- Surviving spouses or domestic partners
- Surviving children or stepchildren (if the latter were financial dependents of the victim)
- Surviving parents if they were financially dependent on the victim
One additional legal hurdle to be aware of is the statute of limitations. You must file your wrongful death claim within two years of the date of the loss. It is imperative that you meet this deadline, otherwise you will most likely lose your legal right to take action and pursue justice.
Contact An Attorney Who Listens And Cares
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 Sacramento wrongful death lawyer.