When your loved one dies unexpectedly, it can very shocking and emotional. When your loved one dies due to the carelessness of another, then it can really take a toll and be frustrating. You are emotionally torn. You may be able to make a wrongful death claim. In order to bring this claim, there are several things you must prove in the eyes of the law. It’s also essential to know why hiring a wrongful death claim attorney can put you at an advantage.
The law requires you to prove several different factors to bring a wrongful death claim. You must first prove negligence. The surviving members must also show how the other party’s negligence caused the death of the deceased. An example of this would be if a person was speeding and killed your loved one in a car crash.
The surviving members must also prove that the other party owed the deceased a duty and you must prove how the other party breached this duty. An example of this would be if your loved one got electrocuted on the job. It was the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe working environment and they failed. Quantifiable damages need to also be established to bring a wrongful death claim. These damages can include funeral costs, medical costs, loss of income from the deceased, loss of inheritance, or pain and suffering.
Timeliness is very important when it comes to legal matters. Even if you are grieving, you still need to adhere to deadlines. California has a statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death claim at 2 years. If you don’t file within 2 years, then you’re no longer having the right to bring a claim. Hiring an attorney can help tremendously since they know the full timeline and deadlines. Experienced attorneys can keep up with schedules, update you, and keep up with deadlines that are enforced. You can also save time yourself because your attorney has all the knowledge to deal with your case, so there is no need to research.
The financial part of your loved one’s death can also take a big toll. This is especially true if the deceased was the primary wage earner in your family. You also have to deal with various costs including setting up the funeral and medical bills. An experienced attorney can help you can seek compensation for these expenses and possibly for noneconomic expenses including pain and suffering. You may end up spending more money if you don’t have a wrongful death attorney or you may not get the compensation you deserve.
When anyone in your family suddenly dies, it’s an insane tragedy. It has a tremendous impact on you. You don’t have to handle this alone. Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach has over 40 years of courtroom experience. They are committed to getting you the full compensation you deserve for the death of your loved one. Schedule a free initial consultation using the contact form on the bottom of this page or by calling 818-600-4714. If you’ve previously worked with the Los Angeles office then you can call 818-609-7005.