The Rights of Wrongful Death Victims and Their Loved Ones
If you have lost a loved one to the negligent or intentionally wrongful conduct of another, you know that the tragedy is one of continual unfolding. First, there is the shock over a life taken too soon. Then, there is the grief over the loved one’s suffering and the loss of companionship and affection. And at some point for many loved ones of a wrongful death victim, there is the stress and difficulty of facing financial obligations without the income once earned by that victim. This sudden shift in one’s financial foothold in the world, at a time when one is still grieving, is to add tragedy upon tragedy. When mourning and already dealing with funeral and burial expenses, you should not have to be worrying about mortgage payments, medical bills, and other debts and expenses. This is why it is so important for you to know that compensation may be sought by survivors of a wrongful death victim from those responsible for the wrongful death. For sensitive assistance in pursuing wrongful death compensation as you grieve, know that an experienced Fremont wrongful death attorney is there.
Wrongful Death Survivors are Eligible to Seek Compensation
The California Code of Civil Procedure specifies what constitutes a wrongful death, and which survivors of a wrongful death victim are eligible to seek financial compensation in a relevant state civil court. In Chapter four, Article six of the code, the state legislature has defined a wrongful death as “the death of a person caused by wrongful act or neglect of another.” Continuing, the state of California makes clear that certain enumerated individuals related to the decedent (the deceased) have a legal cause of action for the wrongful death in question:
- surviving spouse;
- domestic partner;
- issue of deceased children
If you are the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child of a wrongful death victim, you have a cause of action for wrongful death compensation.
Contact a Reputable Fremont Personal Injury Lawyer
Wrongful death compensation is intended to compensate the loved ones of a wrongful death victim for the lost income that will no longer be made by the lost loved one, funeral and burial expenses, any medical bills arising for treatment between injury and death, loss of companionship, and other harms suffered. In your time of grief and loss, know that an experienced Alameda County wrongful death attorney will work to obtain compensation for the loss of your loved one.