Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is always a sorrow, no matter how it happens.

But deaths that could have been avoided can be especially hard to deal with and accept.  Even worse, you have to pay hospital bills and funeral home costs at a time when things are already hard.

It can be very hard to deal with sadness when someone else’s carelessness causes the death of a loved one.  California law understands that these losses are especially terrible and calls them “wrongful deaths.” Our lawyers at Stenson Law are compassionate, and we offer free reviews of wrongful death cases.

Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

This is when someone dies because of someone else’s wrongdoing or carelessness, like a family member or friend. A “wrongful death” in California is a death that is caused by “the wrongful act or carelessness of another.”

If someone dies because of someone else’s carelessness, their family, friends, or the person’s estate can file a civil wrongful death case against that person to get money damages. If someone died because of someone else’s fault, read this.

What to Do in Case of Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death survival cases are lawsuits that the estate of the person who died brings. The goal of these claims is to get money for the dead person’s conscious pain and suffering before they died, as well as for any hospital bills that came up because of the accident.

What Kinds of Settlements Can I Get in a Survival Action Case?

What makes a survival case different from a wrongful death claim is who can get damages and what kinds of damages they can get. Only the person’s deceased estate can get compensation in a survival case. Damages include hospital bills, funeral costs, and suffering and pain from the time of the injury until the person dies. The person whose estate died can also get back lost wages and perks if the person who died could have earned them.

On the other hand, in a wrongful death claim, only certain living family members can get money. Most of the time, this means the deceased person’s spouse, children, or parents. In a wrongful death claim, you can get money for loss of love, advice, companionship, and financial assistance.

Talking to a skilled wrongful death lawyer is important to determine what kind of claim will work best for your case. If someone else’s carelessness caused the death of a loved one, call our office at (310) 846-1709 right away to set up a free appointment.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Los Angeles?

Unlike personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims in Los Angeles are filed by the deceased’s surviving family, not the victim. Only certain close relatives qualify.

File a Wrongful Death Claim in Los Angeles

Here’s who can file a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles:

  • Spouse or Domestic Partner
  • Children

In some cases, others may be eligible if they depended financially on the deceased:

Putative Spouse & Children: A “putative spouse” lived with the deceased like they were married but weren’t legally wed (e.g., a technical mistake prevented a legal marriage). Their children may also qualify.

  • Step-Children
  • Parents (if financially dependent)
  • Considering a Wrongful Death Claim?

If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence and need guidance, consult Stenson Law’s wrongful death attorney. We can assess your eligibility and help you navigate the legal process.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims in Los Angeles

Any accident can lead to an unjust death claim, but these are the ones that happen most often:

  • Crash Involving Cars: car crashes kill more people in the US than any other cause. Careless driving by the driver, like going too fast or not paying attention, is often a cause. People in cars, on foot, or bikes can be involved in these accidents.
  • Medical Malpractice: People working in medicine are responsible for providing good care. Breach of this duty, like mistakes in surgery, medication, diagnosis, or nursing home care, can sadly cause death.
  • Accidents at Work: Employers are responsible for making the workplace safe. Unwanted deaths can happen because of things like explosions, falls, exposure to dangerous materials, and other problems caused by poor upkeep.
  • Defective Products: It is the job of manufacturers, distributors, and dealers to make sure that products are safe. Bad design, poor manufacturing, or insufficient warnings can kill dangerous goods.
  • Crimes: Wrongful death can happen during a crime, like when someone is shot. The person who did it is being charged with a crime, but the victim’s family may also file a wrongful death case. The suspect could still be responsible in civil court even if not found guilty of a crime.

If someone else’s carelessness caused the death of a loved one in Los Angeles, you should talk to Stenson Law’s wrongful death attorney. We can help you determine if you have a case and how to go about it.

Things to think about when figuring out the settlement value

Most of the time, awards are big because they let family members get paid for:

  • The loss of love, friendship, mental support, and direction.
  • Lost money and help for a lifetime.
  • Costs of medical care.
  • Costs of the funeral.
  • Value of contributions to the household.
  • And other things.

Let the wrongful death lawyers at Stenson Law help you.

If an accident kills a family member you care about, you don’t have to handle the fallout by yourself. The Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at Stenson Law have helped many families get fair pay over years of experience. In some cases, our company can also help pay for the funeral. We offer compassionate, award-winning legal help during your time of loss.

Our Firm has won several million and multimillion-dollar settlements in wrongful death cases. Allow us to assist you. There is no fee or cost if there is no return. To talk about your Los Angeles accidental death claim for free, call (310) 846-1709 right now.

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