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.
Our readers in Southern California likely know that a wrongful death lawsuit can result from a tragic accident in which a negligent or reckless person's actions cause the death of another person. The sad reality is that these types of accidents are far more common than anyone would like to see. So, in a wrongful death lawsuit, what types of damages could be recovered?
Our readers in the Southern California area who have seen previous posts here that have covered wrongful death lawsuits know that part of the compensation that can be sought in these types of cases is lost wages that the deceased would have been projected to earn, but for the accident that led to death. However, is a wrongful death lawsuit an option if the deceased was unemployed?
After the unexpected loss of a loved one, a family in Los Angeles can be left reeling. Most of our readers have probably heard about the "stages of grief," but these stages can be harder when the surviving family members had no way to see the death coming. This is often the case in incidents that involve negligent or reckless behavior that causes the death. In short, the family members want answers.
Many of our readers in California have probably seen news reports before about families who decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after a loved one is killed as a result of another person's negligent or reckless conduct. However, some people may not know the basics about wrongful death lawsuits. This knowledge can be crucial when making a decision to take legal action.
Our readers may have seen a previous post that discussed a wrongful death lawsuit based on a police shooting that was settled recently. It seems that these types of incidents are popping up in the news all too frequently these days, for all the wrong reasons.
California residents are, unfortunately, all too familiar with police shootings that occur in the state. The issue has serious implications for law enforcement officials and residents throughout the state. In some cases, police shootings result in legal action on the part of the families of the person who was killed by law enforcement officials. That was the case in Sacramento, when a wrongful death lawsuit was filed based on a police shooting that occurred in 2016.
The untimely death of a loved one can come as a shock to any California family. However, when the death is caused by another party's negligence or reckless conduct, the period of time when the family is grieving and attempting to move forward can be incredibly difficult. In such a situation, the surviving family members of the deceased loved one may be inclined to look into the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death claim.
Families in California who lose a loved one in a tragic accident can often be left reeling from the incident, wondering what went wrong, if the situation could have been prevented and how they will move forward. No one is prepared for a loved one's sudden, tragic death, but, as the family moves forward, they will probably begin to piece together their options, including their legal ones.
The Southern California area sees bicyclists on and near roads year-round. That is one of the benefits of having beautiful weather all of the time. However, one drawback is that the Los Angeles area is notorious for having roads and highways that are jam-packed with motor vehicles, seemingly at all times. The combination of motor vehicles and bicyclists sharing the same space can result in deadly collisions.