Compassionate Assistance With Wrongful Death

Unexpectedly losing a family member is one of life's worst experiences. When death is caused by negligence or liability, surviving family members have the right to pursue a lawsuit based on California wrongful death and survival statutes. Our legal team at Maho Prentice, LLP, can explain your rights under the law and help you decide what to do.

Understanding California Wrongful Death

According to California Civil Jury Instructions, in a wrongful death lawsuit where a family loses an adult, the claimant may receive two types of damages — economic and noneconomic damages.

1. Economic damages

Economic damages that a surviving family member would expect to receive include:

  • Financial support (expected support based on the deceased's life expectancy or the plaintiff's life expectancy, whichever is shorter)
  • Loss of gifts or benefits
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Monetary amount of household services

2. Noneconomic damages

Noneconomic damages include compensation for:

  • Plaintiff's grief, sorrow and mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased

Other factors, such as the deceased person's health, habits, lifestyle, and occupation, are also taken into account when arriving at compensation amounts. The court does not demand exact figures, but estimates must be reasonable and not based on speculation.

Situations That May Cause Wrongful Death

Many different types of situations can result in fatality and an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate whether negligence or liability was involved. Types of wrongful death claims often arise as a result of:

  • Fatal auto accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Death at birth
  • Infant or children's death
  • Fatal drug reactions
  • Dangerous products
  • Defective toys
  • Defective vehicles
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Airplane crashes
  • Toxic exposure
  • Deadly fires
  • Explosions
  • Construction accidents
  • Oilfield accidents
  • Swimming pool drowning

A wrongful death claim can help re-establish financial security when a key family provider dies. It also acts as a safeguard to protect other families from a similar tragedy by holding negligent or liable parties accountable.

Contact Maho Prentice, LLP, To Have All Of Your Questions Answered

Arrange a free consultation with us to discuss whether you have a wrongful death case. We provide a no-charge case evaluation, and you owe no fees unless we recover through settlement or verdict. Call us any time, day or night at 805-962-1930 today, or contact us online and we will get a hold of you. Phone calls are available in English and Spanish. Weekend and evening consultations are available. We can also visit you at home.