When people in the Los Angeles area hear about a wrongful death lawsuit being filed, they may have questions about exactly how such a lawsuit is possible. Afterall, in most lawsuits, the person bringing a claim actually needs to be alive. However, a wrongful death lawsuit is a unique legal mechanism by which the deceased person’s surviving family members can bring a legal claim to attempt to recover financial compensation – when, that is, another party caused the death in question.
And, unfortunately, there is a wide variety of incidents that can lead to a wrongful death claim in California. For example, car and other vehicle accidents are probably the first type of incident that comes to our readers’ minds when they think about fatal accidents that might occur. However, there are many other types of incidents that could result in a death being caused by a person’s negligence, recklessness or willful conduct, such as medical malpractice or even a workplace accident. In some cases, people are exposed to deadly toxins, such as asbestos.
In California, particularly, we see quite a few wrongful death lawsuits that are based on alleged police misconduct or alleged misconduct by prison or jail officials. Whatever the circumstances, if a person’s death is caused by another party, there is the potential for surviving family members to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Each wrongful death case is unique. Family members of a deceased individual who may believe they have the right to such a claim will want to get more information about the facts in their potential case.