If you have suffered the sudden death of a loved one at the legal fault of another, you may have means for a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the survivors of the deceased when death was the result of another party’s negligence or improper actions. Wrongful death cases can only be filed by the deceased party’s executor and the cases are usually handled by a personal injury lawyer.
You May Have a Wrongful Death Case
Any money awarded in the claim goes to the estate of the deceased and is distributed according to their will. Compensation may include reimbursement of medical expenses and funeral costs as well as damages awarded for emotional distress, lost wages, loss of companionship and financial support. In some cases punitive damages may be awarded if malice is provable. A malicious act causing wrongful death must be proven to be willful and reckless.
Negligent drivers and faulty vehicles cause thousands of accidents a year. Some of these cases may warrant a wrongful death lawsuit depending on whether or not the driver was negligent or reckless. Other common types of accidents that may lead to wrongful death include:
- Defective Drugs
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- Exposure to hazardous materials
File a Wrongful Death Case
When you are considering filing a wrongful death claim in California, Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney Frank Penney recommends that you act fast. There is a statute of limitations in California that states that a claim must be filed within two years of when the accident occurred.
Wrongful death cases can be very emotionally driven and it can take a toll on the well being of you and your family. Learn more about how Sacramento wrongful death attorney Frank Penney will get your family the compensation they deserve.