Los Angeles County Wrongful Death Attorneys
Liable Parties Can Be Held Accountable for Your Pain and Suffering
There is nothing more devastating than losing someone you love in an accident — especially when another party’s reckless or negligent actions caused that accident. If you have lost someone you love, it is imperative you do not hesitate to consult with an experienced Burbank wrongful death lawyer at Block LLP. We understand what you are going through, and our wrongful death attorneys consider it our responsibility to ensure that you and your family are justly compensated for your loss.
Wrongful Death Claim Damages
Wrongful death claims are brought by civil action when the loved ones of the deceased are attempting to be compensated for death-related expenses. These may include the financial strain that was put on the family as a result of lost income, medical expenses that the family has been left with, or grievance and bereavement compensations. In a wrongful death case, the standard of proof is the preponderance of the evidence. This means, instead of the defendant being innocent until proven guilty, the burden of proof is on them to prove that they did not, in fact, cause the death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
When a person loses their life as a result of the negligent behaviors of another, they are just as entitled to monetary compensation and legal address as any other injury victim. Unfortunately, they are in no way able to fight against the wrongs that led to their fatality. Therefore, a wrongful death claim can be made by family members who have lost a loved one due to the immoral or unlawful behaviors of someone else.
A family can seek retribution against the person who killed their loved one by bringing a wrongful death claim case. Even if the person at fault is already being persecuted in the criminal courts for murder or manslaughter, there is still room for a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. In fact, when fatality results from a company rather than an individual, the only recourse that can be taken is to file wrongful death.
Children and spouses are given the primary right to file a wrongful death claim. This means a parent, sibling, or another relative will likely not be able to file a claim if children or a spouse is pursuing one, as immediate family members are typically considered the primary dependents of an individual. To determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, you should consult with a lawyer about the circumstances of your case.