Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one unexpectedly. Sadly, countless individuals are killed every year as a result of carelessness, recklessness, and negligence. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are passionate about helping the surviving family members and loved ones of those wrongfully killed hold the liable parties accountable. We strive to not only help our clients secure the justice and recoveries they are owed but to also ensure that similar incidents don’t occur again in the future.
If you believe your loved one’s death could have and should have been prevented, our team is here to help. With over three decades of combined experience, our Glendale personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the process from start to finish, providing answers to your questions and addressing any concerns you may have.
Speak to a member of our legal team today; call (818) 350-8870 or submit an online contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in California
As in other states, only certain individuals are permitted to bring a wrongful death claim in California. First and foremost, you can only bring a claim if your loved one’s death was directly or indirectly caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of another person, company, or entity.
Secondly, you may bring a wrongful death claim in California if you are one of the following individuals:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased
- The surviving domestic partner of the deceased
- The surviving child of the deceased
- Someone who is entitled to inherit the deceased’s estate (if no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child/children exist)
Per the last point, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim if the deceased was your child, sibling, or another relation so long as you can show that you are entitled to receive a portion of the deceased’s estate.
Additionally, you may file a wrongful death claim if you are the putative spouse, stepchild, or parent of the deceased and you were financially dependent on the deceased immediately prior to death.
Seeking Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
While no amount of financial compensation can ever make up for the loss you have suffered, wrongful death claims allow you to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages related to the loss of your loved one.
These damages may include:
- Medical costs for treatment received prior to death
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of financial support (if you were a dependent of the deceased)
- Loss of expected financial support, income, inheritance, etc.
- Loss of companionship and/or love
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
In some cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. These are extraneous damages meant to punish the liable party for excessive negligence.
No matter your particular situation, the Glendale wrongful death lawyers at our firm can offer you the legal guidance and support you need. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of the justice you and your family deserve; we are aggressive and experienced attorneys who are prepared to aggressively advocate for you.
Call our office at (818) 350-8870 for a free consultation with a member of our legal team. There are no upfront costs and no risks involved in contacting our firm.