Learning that a loved one died because of another person’s negligence is one of the most difficult life events a person can experience. This happens nearly every day in California when drunk drivers veer out of their lane and hit vehicles head-on or when a violent crime occurs, or a construction accident takes place. If you have lost a family member in similar circumstances, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim in civil court.
A wrongful death occurs when someone’s preventable death happened because of the careless, reckless or malicious actions of another. In many situations, an individual owes a duty of care to others, such as when a person is driving a car. Failing to fulfill that duty constitutes negligence. When someone’s negligence results in injury to another, a court can hold the party responsible for monetary damages.
Coping with a loved one’s death
Losing a loved one to a sudden, unexpected death is devastating. Families must do their best to come to terms with the tragedy. Many people say they find closure and feel like they are obtaining justice for their loved ones when they file wrongful death claims in civil court.
This type of litigation is complicated. In fact, it can be traumatic to relive the details of an accident that caused the death of someone you love. An attorney can provide much-needed support and help alleviate stress by speaking and acting on your behalf in court. A lawyer can also determine who may be financially responsible and what the maximum compensation for damages may be in a specific case. McNally Law Office, in California, provides support to families who wish to file wrongful death claims on a contingent basis, meaning that legal fees are due only if your claim is successful.