When someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or other wrongful conduct results in a fatality, that fatality is known under the law as a “wrongful death.” If you recently lost someone close to you in any type of accident or incident, contact us at Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers. Our San Mateo wrongful death attorneys can help you and your family seek justice and fair compensation.
The negligence or wrongful conduct of another can cause many different types of injuries. When the injuries are fatal, the resulting wrongful death can devastate a family. A wrongful death lawyer can help the family navigate the aftermath, and empower the family to hold the responsible party accountable. In most cases, claims must be brought within California’s two year deadline. But depending on the situation, the deadlines might be shorter. For example, if a governmental entity was involved, claims must be filed within a 6 month deadline. Your attorney will determine and comply with the deadlines involved in the wrongful death claims process while family members focus on each other.
Each state’s wrongful death law is unique. Only certain parties have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. In California, they may include:
If financially dependent on the decedent, then the surviving parents, a putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, and stepchildren may also bring a claim.
Others may also qualify. Contact us about your particular situation.
Damages refer to the parts of the family’s loss that the family members are entitled to recover from the one responsible for the wrongful death. The damages available in a wrongful death claim differ from a standard personal injury lawsuit. They include:
If you believe you have grounds for a wrongful death claim, contact our San Mateo County law firm. We will meet with you for a free consultation at our Peninsula law office.