Legal Guidance After A Wrongful Death
Wrongful death charges are usually pursued when criminal action has failed to hold a person or entity at fault for the death of a family member or another close individual. The spouse, children or other close family members of the deceased may be able to seek damages such as:
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Lost companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
What Are Some Situations Involving Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death charges may be brought against individuals, companies and government agencies if there is perceived intention or negligence involved in the death. Negligence means that the person or entity failed to act as a reasonable person would have acted under similar circumstances. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process to prove negligence.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against a broad range of parties such as:
- Doctors, nurses and other professionals for medical malpractice
- Drivers, or employers of drivers, in automobile accidents
- Construction companies, designers or builders responsible for faulty products or structures
- Government agencies for failure to supervise, warn or administer effectively
- Manufacturers, distributors or installers of defective products or parts
- Persons who sold or distributed alcohol or narcotics to those who caused the death
It should be noted that, in some cases in California, immunity is granted for government agencies and employees depending on the situation.
We Are Here For You
Because of the complexity of wrongful death cases and the tremendous emotional toll this situation causes, it is crucial to have a caring and experienced lawyer on your side. If you have suffered a wrongful death in your family, please contact us online or call 1-866-341-3575 for a free consultation.
We are located in Irvine. We serve clients throughout Southern California.