10 Jan 2019,

What Damages Can I Claim as a Survivor in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Are you struggling after the death of a loved one? Do you wonder if the death of your loved one meets the definition of a wrongful death? How can the legal system compensate you for the loss of a family member? Should you contact a wrongful death lawyer to discuss your case? Who can I hold responsible for the death of my loved one? Is there anything I can do legally?

If you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident, you deserve answers. You and your family deserve justice for the death of your loved one. Unfortunately, the judicial system can never fill the void in your life caused by the death of a family member. Money will never ease the pain and suffering you and your family experience after the death of a loved one. However, you can hold the responsible party liable for his or her actions through a wrongful death lawsuit.

To schedule your free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer, call (760) 642-5475 today.

As a wrongful death lawyer, Gordon R. Levinson of The Levinson Law Group sees the devastation caused by the wrongful death of a loved one. He also knows how insurance companies try to avoid paying compensation to families in a wrongful death action because he used to work for some of the largest insurance companies in America. Now he uses his experience as a former insurance attorney to seek justice for injury victims and their families.

If you believe your loved one was killed by the reckless or negligent acts of another person, contact The Levinson Law Group to schedule a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.

What is a Wrongful Death?

California’s wrongful death statutes define wrongful death as a death that occurs because of the misconduct or negligence of another individual, company, or entity. A person can cause the wrongful death of another person by causing a motor vehicle crash, pedestrian accident, or bicycle crash. A dog owner can be held liable if his dog attacks another person and that person dies as a result of the dog attack. An entity or company can be named in a wrongful death action when it causes the death of a person in a slip and fall accident or a product liability case.

A wrongful death can occur in almost any accident or situation caused by another party.

In some cases, more than one person or entity is responsible for the death of your loved one. An experienced wrongful death lawyer conducts a comprehensive investigation into the death of your loved one to determine the parties responsible for his or her death. Those parties are named in a wrongful death action. A wrongful death claim cannot undo the death, but it can provide compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.

Compensation Available in a California Wrongful Death Action

Our wrongful death laws provide for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Examples of the economic damages you may recover in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Cremation, funeral, and burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of household services

Examples of non-economic damages you may recover in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Loss of assistance and care
  • Loss of support and comfort
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of love and affections
  • Loss of consortium (intimate relations)
  • Loss of guidance and training

Punitive damages are special damages awarded in some wrongful death cases where the actions of the defendant are grossly negligent. Punitive damages are intended to “punish” the defendant for the negligent behavior as well as discourage the defendant and others from repeating the actions.