Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim is one in which a person died as a result of another's fault or negligence. In California, a wrongful death action can be maintained by the deceased person's surviving relatives or dependents. Examples of cases involving potential claims of wrongful death may include the following:

After a loved one dies, surviving family members are often left feeling helpless and confused about what rights they have. It is important to realize that nothing can change the tragedy that has occurred or bring back a loved one. Under our judicial system, however, money is the only way to address a wrongdoing, even when loss of a life is the result, and we do everything in our power to achieve as much as possible for our clients. A party bringing a wrongful death claim in the State of California is entitled to compensation damages for economic losses, or losses to the "pocket book", including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of the deceased's future earnings
  • Loss of the deceased's benefits, including pension and medical coverage
  • Loss of general household services

In addition, a party bringing a wrongful death claim in the State of California is entitled to non-economic damages, or damages to the person, which include damages for the following:

  • Loss of Love
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of comfort
  • Loss of care
  • Loss of assistance
  • Loss of protection
  • Loss of affection
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of moral support
  • Loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations

Depending upon the nature of the conduct that caused the wrongful death, Punitive Damages may also be sought, which are intended to punish, and to deter the wrongful conduct in an effort to protect future potential victims.

If you are suffering due to the wrongful death of a loved one, we can help you through what is an extraordinarily difficult process, and to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To speak with a Brod Law Firm attorney regarding your rights associated with a wrongful death claim, please contact us for a free consultation at (800) 427-7020. If you prefer to send us an email with an inquiry, please contact us online.

San Francisco Injury Lawyer Blog - Wrongful Death