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Accidental Loss Of Life And Legal Remedies
Sometimes accidents can unfortunately result in the loss of life, and when the death was caused by someone else’s negligence, the surviving family members may seek compensation for their loss via a wrongful death claim. Accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that every five minutes someone, somewhere, suffers a fatal injury.
For those family members and loved ones who are left, surviving the untimely death of their loved one, it can be hard to get back to normal family life without the presence of the deceased. There are often feelings of loss, unfairness, helplessness and stress. Spouses, children and parents each experience a loss in their own way. In some situations, life for the surviving family members involves hardship, especially if the person who died cared for children or was a breadwinner. While legal action may be far from your mind in the beginning, you may realize you need to seek the help of an experienced wrongful death lawyer. KRA Legal PC is a valuable resource. From offices in Torrance, we represent people throughout the Los Angeles region.
Eligibility To File Wrongful Death Claims
Under California law, heirs and dependents, including the decedent’s surviving spouse, children, stepchildren and dependent parents, may seek damages for the loss of their loved one who died in a fatal accident. There are generally two main scenarios under which wrongful death claims arise. Either the death was the result of another person’s negligent actions, or the death was the result of an intentional act, wanton or reckless conduct, or a malicious act, such as criminal behavior. Some of the more common wrongful death causes include:
What Compensation May Include
As the surviving family members, you are entitled to damages for the loss of your loved one, the emotional pain and suffering you have to go through, as well as financial support damages and funeral and burial expenses. There are many factors that contribute to how much compensation may be sought. For instance, the victim’s life expectancy if not for the fatal accident, the amount of lost financial support, and whether the victim provided any companionship, comfort, care, society or protection to the surviving family members are all important determinations that factor into the value of a wrongful death action.
Contacting A Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful death cases can be very complicated and emotionally charged. We at the KRA Legal PC understand that losing a loved one can be an immensely painful situation that significantly changes your life. While you are grieving, it can be exceptionally difficult to face the realities of the situation and follow through with the legal aspects of your loss.
Contacting a compassionate and understanding wrongful death specialist will relieve at least part of your burden, giving you more time to dedicate to grieving and getting family life back on track. Please do not hesitate to contact the wrongful death lawyers at KRA Legal PC to help you through this difficult time. Call 310-431-9875 or email us to request a free consultation.