Downey Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful Death Attorney in Downey, CA
When somebody dies tragically due to another party’s or person’s negligence, their surviving family members can sue for damages. If you have a loved one who passes away due to the negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another, you deserve justice.
It’s difficult to deal with a lawsuit on top of your loved one passing away, and the Downey wrongful death attorneys at Setareh Law understand this. We are here to help you tackle your wrongful death case with compassion and professionalism. We can work with you to get you the compensation you and your family deserve for your loss. Our lawyers also speak Spanish so we can communicate effectively with our clients.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil lawsuits where the survivors of the deceased, or a personal representative of the estate, can sue the other party in order to get damages for their loss. If your loved one died due to another’s negligent or violent action, you deserve compensation. In California, there’s a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death cases.
Wrongful death is defined by state laws as the death of an individual caused by wrongful conduct, negligence, or default of another person. Wrongful death claims are essentially similar to personal injury claims, but since the victim can’t sue the other party themselves, the survivors of the deceased must file the claim on behalf of the victim. There are certain things that you must prove in order to have grounds for a wrongful death case, including:
- You’re the spouse, child, or another decedent
- The defendant owed the decedent a duty of care
- The defendant acted wrongfully or negligently, which breached this duty of care
- The wrongful or negligent conduct by the defendant was the cause of the death
- You suffered measurable damages due to your loved one’s death
Our Downey wrongful death lawyers at Setareh Law can review your case with you during a no-obligation, no-cost consultation.
What Are Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
Coping with the loss of someone you love is difficult enough, but it’s especially heartbreaking when it might have been preventable in the first place. Common causes of wrongful death cases can include:
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Recreational and sports accidents
- Slips, falls, and trips
- Accidents that involve defective or hazardous products
When accidents like these occur and claim the life of someone you love, Setareh Law’s wrongful death attorneys will provide you with the trusted legal guidance you deserve. We can outline all the options you have so you can hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions, including filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party and a claim through their insurance company for compensation.
A Downey Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help Determine the Damages Owed to You
If you lost a loved one due to another person’s or party’s negligence, you may have grounds to sue for wrongful death in court. Some types of damages our lawyer may be able to assist you with include:
1. Medical Expenses
Some victims of wrongful death have multiple medical expenses before they pass away. In cases like these, the medical bills can be extreme, which can be due to:
- Surgeries and procedures
- Emergency room visits
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medications
- Doctors’ appointments
All of these can bring on significant costs that you shouldn’t have to pay on your own.
2. Emotional and Physical Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can be difficult to calculate, since there is not a set monetary amount assigned to it from items like an itemized bill. Working with a lawyer can help you figure out how much pain and suffering damages you may be entitled to.
3. Lost Wages
Many families rely on the wages of one individual for a significant portion of their income. If you’ve been relying on your loved one’s income and that income suddenly disappears, this can cause undue stress. You’re also able to sue for lost wages or wage-earning potential during a wrongful death case.
4. Funeral and Burial Expenses
Wrongful death attorneys realize that burials and funerals are costly, but working with a lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve so you can bury your loved one without having to worry about the cost.
Who Can Claim Wrongful Death on Another Person’s Behalf?
According to the California Code of Civil Conduct, the only people who can file a wrongful death claim include a surviving spouse, child, or domestic partner.
If there’s no surviving individual, then it passes on to the decedent’s surviving parents, then to the surviving grandparents, and so forth.
Contact Setareh Law in Downey to Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney
At Setareh Law, we understand the grief that you’re facing in the aftermath of the wrongful death of your loved one. But, no matter how painful this time is, don’t let insurance companies add to your pain. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of grieving families by offering them lowball settlement offers.
At Setareh Law, our wrongful death lawyers know there’s no amount of money that will make up for the loss of your loved one. We can, however, offer you a sense of justice by helping you receive the compensation you and your family deserve and will need during this time and later on. Call our wrongful death lawyers at (310) 659-1826 or fill out our online form to request your free consultation today.