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.
It isn't uncommon to see bicyclists sharing the roads and sidewalks in California. After all, the year-round weather conditions actually make riding a bicycle an appealing option for anyone looking to save some costs. In fact, many cities throughout the state are making changes to encourage more bicycle use, such as installing designated bike lanes on roads. Unfortunately, when bicyclists share the roads with vehicles, the potential for deadly collisions is possible.
It is an unfortunate reality that in California each year hundreds of families have to say goodbye to a loved one they lost too soon. Accidents of all kinds take lives each day, with car accidents likely to be the main cause of unexpected deaths in the state. In these types of accidents, there is most likely a party who caused the incident. If so, families in California may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to hold that party accountable for the loss.