The loss of a loved one is tragic and no amount of money can make up for it. However, family members who relied on a loved one for emotional or financial support are often put into a position where they would be unable to maintain their standard of living without that support. A wrongful death claim provides a way of making up for this loss of support.
When Can a Wrongful Death Claim Be Brought?
Wrongful death claims are brought when a death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of another. Common examples include auto accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, workplace accidents, and crimes such as assault. Other causes of death which were the fault of another person may also be covered under the law.
What Is Covered By a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims cover a number of losses. This includes medical expenses and funeral bills. While a family is not responsible for a loved one’s debts, including medical bills, these expenses may be deducted from their estate if they are not recovered in a wrongful death claim. A spouse or children who relied on the decedent’s wages are also entitled to recover for the future income that they would have earned. Loved ones may also be entitled to receive compensation for the loss of companionship and loss of household services that would have been provided by the decedent.
Establishing the appropriate amount of compensation is a complicated legal process that requires establishing the expected lifespan of the decedent based on their medical history along with their projected income based on their work history and education. An attorney with experience handling wrongful death claims will be familiar with the experts needed to help gather the required proof.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney, contact Sahar Malek Law in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, today.