Wrongful Death Attorney in Riverside, CA
Coping with loss is difficult in any situation, but the grief may be even worse when a loved one is killed in a preventable accident caused by the negligence or malicious actions of an individual or organization. If you have a loved one who has been the victim of wrongful death, you may explore the viability of a legal case to recover funds that will cover funeral expenses, loss of income, and more. While nothing can replace your loved one, it is possible to hold responsible parties accountable and relieve the financial burden of your loss so that you can focus on honoring your loved one. There are many different situations in which a wrongful death case may arise, and The Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler can represent any of these cases to achieve a favorable outcome for you and your family. Read on for a closer look at filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Riverside.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death case may occur following or in the absence of a criminal case against an individual, organization, or group of defendants. Some of the reasons to pursue a wrongful death case include auto accidents in which another party was liable, criminal behavior, preventable occupational hazards, airplane accidents, medical malpractice, and environmental hazards. Direct action against an individual does not need to be present in wrongful death cases, as many cases are built on proving negligence on behalf of another party.
Who Can Recover Compensation?
Plaintiffs in wrongful death cases are typically the children or spouse of the deceased, though any family member or dependent who has suffered financially as a result of the loss may pursue a case. If you are unsure whether or not a wrongful death case is appropriate, our team will gladly provide a free consultation to discuss your situation. Because there is such a wide range of cases that fall into the category of wrongful death, you may not even realize that you are eligible to receive compensation.
What Type of Compensation Can Be Received?
The amount of compensation awarded in wrongful death cases is referred to as pecuniary loss. This figure may include the costs of funeral and burial expenses, income lost from the deceased, loss of guidance or training, loss of household or caregiving services, and loss of benefits from the deceased. Typically, it is necessary to determine the earning potential of the deceased while considering the relationship between the plaintiff in the case and the deceased individual.
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