When a death occurs for reasons other than natural causes, surviving family members often have questions about liability for that death. Could their loved one would be alive if someone else hadn’t done something wrong to cause the death?
At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, our California wrongful death lawyer can help you understand your legal options if you have lost a family member as a result of someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing. We believe a grieving family should never settle for less than what they are truly owed.
For your free consultation and an overview of the different paths to recovery, please call us today or send us a message online. Let us handle the legal matters while you and your family focus on grieving your loss and putting your life back together.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
As found in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, a person may have a cause of action for a wrongful death claim when the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.
This type of claim is a civil suit – not a criminal one – and is designed to compensate the deceased’s estate and the deceased’s beneficiaries for damages that they have suffered and would not have been incurred but for death.
The outcome of a wrongful death claim carries no criminal penalties. It is a totally separate matter from any criminal proceedings and carries a lower burden of proof. Even if the wrongdoer is never criminally charged or is not convicted, it may still be possible to bring a successful civil wrongful death claim.
Note that when an accident caused by the wrongful actions or neglect of another does not result in death, but instead leave the victim with injuries, the victim may have the right to bring forth a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death and Types of Accidents that Lead to Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate, regardless of the type of accident that occurred, anytime that a person’s death would not have occurred but for the negligence of another party.
Our lawyer has experience representing the interests of surviving family members of those who have been killed in various types of accidents, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Drowning incidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
If you have lost a close family member and believe that your loved one’s death was the fault of someone else, please contact our law firm today to discuss your potential options.