The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic event for a California family, especially when it is clear the death was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party. If your family is grieving a sudden loss because of these reasons, you may feel outraged and unsure of what to do next. While dealing with the heartbreak that accompanies irreversible damage and loss, your family may also explore the possibility of taking legal action.
A wrongful death claim provides your family the opportunity to hold liable parties accountable for the actions that either directly or indirectly caused the death of your loved one. The compensation that may be available to you could cover your immediate financial losses, as well as future damages you may experience.
Grounds for a wrongful death claim
In addition to the death of a loved one, there are multiple elements you must be able to prove in order to have a valid wrongful death claim. Successful claims are contingent on the presentation of clear evidence of the following:
- Financial suffering of the family as a result of the death
- Death caused by the intent to inflict harm or the negligence of another party
- Designation of a single person to act as representative of the estate
Gathering the appropriate evidence and documentation necessary to prove your family has a valid wrongful death claim can be complicated. The documentation and proof you will require may be difficult to find and collect, especially after weeks or months have passed. Any family considering the pursuit of a wrongful death claim will benefit from taking quick action as this will allow them a higher chance of securing the evidence they need in a timely manner.
Your family’s future
No amount of compensation can reverse what your family experienced, but it can allow you to secure what you need to move forward after a traumatic event. An assessment of your potential case may provide you with an understanding of potential damages that could be available to you, as well as what you need to do to prepare for your wrongful death claim. In the aftermath of the loss of a loved one, don’t overlook potential legal options that provide you with the opportunity to seek justice and closure.