Riverside Wrongful Death Attorneys
Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Riverside County
Losing a loved one is traumatic and life altering in many ways. Dealing with your loss is all the more stressful and traumatic when it is the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions. Grief is often compounded by financial stress from handling funeral costs, medical bills, and other end-of-life costs. In some circumstances, the deceased’s relatives may be entitled to financial compensation for their financial burden, heartache, and pain and suffering.
Wrongful Death Defined
The term “wrongful death” is a vague but easily defined term. A wrongful death is one caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of someone else. In some cases, the responsible party is an individual. In other situations, a business or public entity may be liable. Wrongful death may be the result of an auto accident, medical malpractice, physical assault, or nearly any other circumstance. Every case is unique, so it is important to contact our wrongful death attorneys who can create a tailored legal strategy to meet your needs.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
California law allows certain family members to sue for financial compensation related to their loss. This is a very important issue and key to any wrongful death case. State law permits the deceased victim’s household members to file such a suit. Household members include the surviving spouse or domestic partner, children, and dependent stepchildren. If there are no surviving household members, other relatives may be permitted to bring the wrongful death suit under certain circumstances. It is important to note that only one wrongful death claim may be filed, so you should discuss your legal options with family members after consulting with an experienced attorney.
A common question regarding wrongful death suits is what damages the family may seek in the claim. Often, families undergo severe financial loss directly related to loss of the deceased. Losing the household income of a spouse can be devastating. This loss of income coupled with other costs, such as funeral expenses, may be reclaimed in a wrongful death lawsuit. Often, such claims will seek compensation for the following damages:
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and love;
- Loss of financial support;
- Funeral/burial costs;
- Loss of a parent’s guidance and training;
- Medical expenses related to the wrongful death;
- Loss of household services;
- Loss of anticipated gifts/benefits; and
- Loss of a spouse’s intimate sexual relations.
Punitive damages may also be appropriate in the case of willful or wanton conduct. In addition to defining who is allowed to file a claim, California law also requires these claims be filed within a certain time frame. The statute of limitations will determine when your wrongful death claim should be filed.
Contact Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Riverside County
At Martinez & Schill LLP, our wrongful death attorneys understand the painful nature of wrongful death cases. We know your family has suffered a traumatic ordeal, and know that financial compensation cannot make up for your loss. However, the financial loss you suffer can also be a devastating result of the death of your loved one. The party responsible should be held liable for their behavior. Our Riverside wrongful death lawyers have helped many Riverside families through their claims. At Martinez & Schill LLP, we combine our extensive knowledge of complicated state law with dedication to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.