After losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence, surviving loved ones might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the California civil justice system. Although while dealing with their grief, many people say money cannot bring their loved ones back, successful wrongful death lawsuits could ease the financial burden. Medical expenses, the costs of end-of-life arrangements and lost income might be recoverable. Negligent drivers and negligent medical professionals are linked to a significant percentage of wrongful death lawsuits filed in California.
Fatal car accidents
Reports of lives claimed in fatal car accidents are par for the course in our lives. However, when the deceased person is a loved one, the surviving family members have to deal with the financial consequences even while grieving. Such tragedies often result from the negligence of other impaired or distracted drivers or someone who violated traffic laws like running red lights.
To pursue financial relief, the plaintiff must establish negligence on the part of another party. The surviving family members must appoint someone to represent the deceased person’s estate. The representative can then file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate.
Medical malpractice claims
Medical malpractice is a complicated field of the law. Losing a loved one whose life was put in the hands of a medical professional is unimaginable. A medical professional’s services must meet an acceptable standard of care, and their failure to meet that standard must be proved for a medical malpractice claim to be viable.
However, determining who to name as the defendant might not be easy. The negligent party might be the facility or the medical team. A general physician might have accurately diagnosed a condition that needed surgery, but then the surgeon’s negligence caused the loved one’s death. Another aspect that complicates medical malpractice-related wrongful death lawsuits in California involves getting access to documented proof of negligence. Professional support and guidance might be necessary.