One of the worst possible experiences in life is the unexpected loss of a loved one. We rely on our family members and spouses to make a life for ourselves. When one of those members passes, especially when the death occurs as a result of another party’s negligence, the fallout is disastrous. Not only does the family experience the full emotional anguish of loss, but often a loss like this creates an additional financial burden on the survivors that can completely ruin lives.
In these times of loss and intense strife and stress, victims need all the support they can get. At the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC we provide the sort of legal assistance that can help a grieving family or spouse weather the storm and begin the process of healing. Wrongful death typically results from the negligence or recklessness of others, and our legal team will bring all of their resources and expertise to bear in obtaining proper compensation.
What is Wrongful Death?
Generally speaking, lawsuits in the American legal system fall into one of two categories: civil or criminal. Criminal lawsuits, such as those for murder, originate from a government institution and typically involve the potential for jail time. In the instance of a murder lawsuit, the state attempts to prove intent to murder.
Wrongful death is a civil lawsuit, meaning that they are brought between the two involved parties, often including the individuals or companies involved in the suit. Wrongful death suits do not need to prove intent to harm or cause injury. Rather, they only need to prove responsibility for a death. For instance, if a worker is killed on the job due to an employer’s inability to provide a safe work environment, a wrongful death suit would seek to prove that employer’s responsibility to the deceased worker and to obtain compensation for the worker’s surviving family.
In the state of California, the laws regarding wrongful death are quite complex and generally require a highly qualified personal injury lawyer and legal team in order to navigate the nuances and obtain the proper compensation. That potential compensation includes damages related to:
- The actual loss of the individual, as well as the inherent companionship, affection, love and moral support of that relationship.
- The value of any financial support given by the deceased to the surviving family member or spouse.
- The value of any replacement household services.
- The value of lost wages and earning potential for the decedent.
- Any medical bills or funeral costs related to the incident.
Life and relationships are very complex, with individuals filling incredibly important roles that can’t always be fully distilled into a monetary number. When fighting a wrongful death suit, the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC take the decedent’s full life into account and fight to get the surviving family restitution for their loss.
For more information on how the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC can assist you in this dire time of need, contact our offices right away to schedule a free consultation.