What Happens When a Loved One Is Taken From You?
Often, the toll of losing a loved one can be both emotionally and financially
devastating. Depending on the circumstances, survivors of a wrongful death
lawsuit may be able to seek compensation for their losses. The damages
secured by such a settlement or verdict can range from a variety of incurred
and future expenses. Some of these awarded damages can include the total
value of future lost wages, funeral expenses, and the emotional distress
of losing your loved one. As experienced wrongful death lawyers in Los
Angeles, the team at BD&J aims to bring justice to those whose loved
ones death has occurred because of wrongdoing.
A wrongful death occurs when someone’s life is lost through the negligence
or fault of somebody else. While this subject is broad, most wrongful
death cases occur by way of
product liability, and medical malpractice. Because a wrongful death can be the fault of
multiple parties, this may include the citation of individuals, companies,
and can even include governmental agencies. Consequently, wrongful death
cases are often complex and require the skill-sets of highly adept wrongful
BD&J is here to help you. Call our firm today at (855) 906-3699.
Who is Eligible for Compensation?
The following parties may be able to pursue compensation following a wrongful death:
- Immediate family members (including children, siblings, and even parents)
- Life partners or putative spouses
- Any party financially dependent upon the deceased (both family members
and extended family)
Financial loss is not only constrained to family members of the deceased.
Anyone who was financially dependent upon the victim may be eligible for
compensation, provided they can prove that their livelihood was directly
tied to the deceased. You need to protect your rights by having a skilled
wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles advocating for your interests.
Parties Potentially Responsible
In the event of a wrongful death, many types of parties and entities may
be held responsible. These examples can include a driver who was the cause
of a fatal collision, a manufacturer of a faulty vehicle, an individual
responsible for serving alcohol to an impaired driver, or even the designer
of a faulty roadway.
The defining quality comes down to who was the person or entity responsible
for causing the wrongful death. Whether it was by virtue of deliberate
malice or pure negligence, anyone who was party to the wrongful death
of another person, may be held responsible for the life of the deceased.
Types of Wrongful Death Damages
There are three different categories that can be collected upon, in the
event of a prevailing wrongful death suit:
Economic Damages -These damages are subjected and limited to the financial contributions
of the wrongfully deceased. These economic damages may be inclusive of
an inheritance, future earnings, medical expenses, funeral costs, and
any other quantitative monetary contributions made by the individual,
if still living.
Non-Economic Damages -These damages are non-quantitative costs that may be incurred in the event
of a wrongful death. This may include monetary retributions for pain and
suffering, including (but not limited to): emotional and mental anguish,
loss of care, loss of relationship, loss of love, and other forms of general
pain and suffering.
Punitive Damages - These damages exist to punish the defendant for excessively negligent
or careless behavior. Punitive damages are intended to financially burden
the defendant by means of an overwhelming verdict.
As Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys in Beverly Hills, we are committed
to the best results in every case we take on. If your loved one has been
the victim of a wrongful death, contact BD&J today. Our team can help
reduce the burden and ensure that you get the justice you and your loved