If you have lost a loved one to a tragic accident, you’ll know that the financial suffering is only a drop in the ocean when compared to the vast emotional loss that you feel. You may wonder how you will ever live life in the same way without your loved one to enjoy it with.
While time is the greatest healer, you will need to spend time grieving to come to terms with what has happened and to move forward. If you believe that someone else was to blame for the occurrence of your loved one’s death, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. But first, you will need to understand whether you will be eligible to do so.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
In California, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children. The person must file the lawsuit within two years of the person’s death.
What damages can be claimed?
In a wrongful death lawsuit, damages can be claimed for a wide range of losses. First, expenses related to the medical services received before death can be claimed for, in addition to the funeral and burial costs. Damages can also be claimed for the loss of financial support, meaning that the amount that the decedent would have earned during their lifetime can be claimed back. Further damages for a loss of companionship and affection can also be claimed for.
If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a tragic event, you should make sure that you can gain the damages that will help you to move forward with your life.