Looking for a Lakewood, California wrongful death lawyer?
Have you recently lost a loved one? Did this impact you financially? If you are struggling after the death of a family member, you may want to seek help from a Eldessouky Law wrongful death lawyer serving Lakewood, California. Losing someone because of someone else’s carelessness or intentional harm is no scenario anyone wants to face, but at least at Eldessouky Law, we will work our best to help you get through the process of a wrongful death suit and hopefully come out the other end with compensation for your losses. In California, you have two years from the date of the relative’s death to file a suit. It’s best to not procrastinate on this, and instead take action by calling our firm at 714-409-8991 so that you can get recovery sooner.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim in California?
California law states that there are only specific relatives or family members that are legally able to sue on behalf of the deceased for wrongful death. These individuals include:
- Domestic partners
- Grandchildren if the children are already deceased
- Minor children such as step children that are at least 50% financially dependent on the deceased
- Anyone else who would be entitled to the deceased’s estate based on California’s laws of intestate succession
If you are eligible, then it’s time for you to enact your legal right of seeking compensation for what you have lost. Also, if you are still unsure whether or not you have a case or if you can bring up a wrongful death suit, then feel free to get in touch with our office and ask one of our very experienced wrongful death attorneys.
Who is liable in a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death claims arise from many situations, meaning it may vary who is liable. Some examples of causes of wrongful death are:
- Medical malpractice
- Product malfunction
- Automobile accidents
- Exposure to hazardous conditions or substances on the job
- Criminal activity or behavior
- A supervised activity resulting in death
As you can see, each of these examples hold someone else liable for damages. If medical malpractice was the cause of a wrongful death, then the doctor may be help liable for your damages as long as it can be proved that the doctor was negligent. To prove negligence, you will need to show that three factors were present:
- The doctor owed a duty of care to the deceased
- The duty of care was breached
- The breach was a direct cause of death to the deceased
This is just one example, and if you want to find out more about your own case, then call our firm and schedule your free consultation.
What kind of damages are recovered in a wrongful death claim?
There are no limitations to how much you can recovery in a wrongful death claim. Most of the time you will be able to receive compensatory damages which include:
- Financial support the deceased would have contributed
- Gifts of benefits you would have expected to receive from the deceased
- Funeral and burial costs
- The reasonable value of household services the deceased would have provided
Compensatory damages are also meant to recover non-economic damages such as:
- Society and companionship
- Moral support
- Training and guidance
- Sexual relations
The amount you receive will be determined on certain factors pertaining to the deceased such as the deceased’s life expectancy at the time of the death, their health, lifestyle, occupation, and other financial and physical factors. There’s also a small chance you may be able to recover punitive damages which are awarded if it is proven the defendant acted in a particular malicious nature. It is not always guaranteed that these kind of damages are recovered in a wrongful death case. But it is guaranteed that one of our lawyer will work their hardest to build you a strong case that will win you maximum compensation.
How does Eldessouky Law different than other law firms in a wrongful death case?
Eldessouky Law stands out because we put an emphasis on each of our client’s well-being. Instead of focusing on getting money from you, we focus on your story and what we can do to help you win. Our lawyers take a very individualized approach to each person and will determine the best route for you to take based on the evidence and facts of your case. To experience that individualized approach first hand, call our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers. We will also take on your case without asking for any upfront fees. This is our zero fee guarantee. If we don’t win your case, you do not owe us one single penny. So it’s time to stop your suffering after losing a loved one and time for you to take action and fight back against those who have done your family wrong.