The loss of a close friend or family member can be devastating, and trying to figure out how you are meant to move forward can feel stressful and confusing. If you believe someone is responsible for the death of your lost loved one, you may be wondering if you can take legal action against them. Wrongful death claims are a good option for family members who are in need. Depending on the circumstances, relatives including spouses, parents, or other immediate family members can file a wrongful death suit. How do you know if your case qualifies for this kind of legal action?
If you need help determining what constitutes a wrongful death, we can help. The wrongful death attorneys with Younglove Law Group have significant legal experience. We can give you access to the knowledge, strategies, and other helpful insights you need during this challenging time. We know mourning a death is draining, so we can streamline the legal process and make it as stress-free as possible for you and your family. Our clients trust us to bring them positive results in their times of need, and we can do the same for you.
What Is a Wrongful Death in California?
In California injury law, a wrongful death occurs when a person loses their life due to another person’s wrongful act. A wrongful act could be intentional or unintentional but generally results from a broken duty of care. Someone responsible for a wrongful death will have owed some consideration to the individual who died.
In short, a wrongful death is a death that is untimely and due to another person’s broken duty of care. For example, a wrongful death may occur when a doctor incorrectly administers a surgery resulting in a patient’s loss of life. Car accidents may also result in wrongful death, such as when a driver is distracted by their phone and someone dies as a result. Murder or manslaughter cases may also fall under the wrongful death category, depending on the circumstances.
Tips to Consider During a California Wrongful Death Claim
If you want to file a wrongful death claim, we recommend you follow a few tips to improve your odds of legal success. Legal proceedings can be quite complex and stressful, especially when you are already facing other losses and frustrations. Please consider the following tips if you want to take legal action:
Determine the Cause of Death
Depending on the circumstances, you must prove that your loved one died directly due to the incident. The opposing side may try to fight the value of your claims, finding evidence that other factors led to loss of life. Determining an objective cause of death will likely be helpful if you want to receive adequate compensation.
Calculate Your Related Expenses
Wrongful death claims allow you to collect compensation because you are suffering from losing a loved family member or friend. Costs related to this loss, including mental health services, time away from work to mourn and recover, funeral costs, and other fees, may qualify for compensation and increase the value of your claims.
Collect Witness Statements and Contact Information
Collecting information from witnesses of the incident may be helpful in accurately portraying your version of events.
Get Copies of Police or Crash Reports
Evidence of an incident from law enforcement can be beneficial during legal circumstances. If applicable, do not hesitate to speak with the police to get additional information and copies of reports.
Speak With a Lawyer
Whenever someone takes legal action, we recommend that they work with a lawyer. During this challenging time, a wrongful death attorney can provide solace, privacy, knowledge, and legal-related stress relief. They can significantly increase the value of your claim and improve your odds of success.
If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. Your attorney can give you more personalized insight into your concerns.
Mourning a Wrongful Death in California? Get the Support You Need With an Attorney From Younglove Law Group
If you are mourning a loss and believe your circumstances may qualify you to file a wrongful death claim, allow us to help. Younglove Law Group’s wrongful death attorneys know precisely how to represent you fairly and favorably, enabling you to win the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.
We invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience. When we partner, we can discuss your case in greater detail, give you additional tailored information, and put any concerns at ease. Please do not hesitate to contact us by calling (949) 691-3660, utilizing our toll-free number at (844) 810-1800, or completing our contact form, whichever is easiest for you.