If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can help give you closure and provide the financial support you’ll need to go on with your life. As a surviving family member, you can file the claim against the person or entity that harmed your loved one.
When can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
If the victim has been killed by someone else’s negligence or their intentional actions, then the surviving family members can file a claim. Some common circumstances where a wrongful death suit could be filed in the San Bernardino area include:
- Car, truck or motorcycle accidents with negligence or DUI
- Defective products that harm users resulting in death
- Defective medical devices and medications
- Medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis, anesthesia errors, surgical errors and more
- When a victim is intentionally killed or is killed due to someone else’s negligence
What damages can I be compensated for?
The damages will vary, but in general, a survivor can receive compensation for some or all of these points:
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased person
- Medical and treatment costs that arose while trying to treat an injury related to negligence
- Burial and funeral cost
- Loss of income or services
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of guidance, care or nurturing for minor children
- Loss of love and companionship
How is a wrongful death lawsuit decided?
For the defendant to be held liable, the victim’s estate or family members must show that the defendant caused the death – and therefore the resulting losses experienced by the survivors. The best way to find out if you have a valid claim or case is to speak with a San Bernardino County wrongful death lawsuit attorney; you’ll be able to get specific details and learn more about what to expect from the process.
If you have lost a loved one to someone else’s lack of care or negligence, we can help. Contact us to learn more about your options during this troubling time and to find out how a wrongful death case can help you get the closure and financial support you need to go on.