Compassionate Care for You During Your Time of Need
The loss of a family member or loved one is emotionally devastating, significantly affecting both you and your family. Discovering that this loss resulted from reckless behavior or negligence can intensify the emotional impact.
If you experienced such a loss in an accident that could have been prevented, consulting with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer is crucial. The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Omega Law Group Injury & Accident Attorneys will provide guidance and skilled representation if you decide to pursue legal action against the responsible party.
Carefully Handling Wrongful Death Cases
There are several reasons why hiring our team can help you contend with the aftermath of fatal accidents. While financial support does not bring a deceased person back to life, it can help you address the costs associated with death. These can include emergency room expenses, medical costs, lost wages, and loss of companionship for dependents.
We are highly experienced at handling all types of wrongful death claims, including those involving:
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving cases where fatalities result from accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.
- Truck accidents: Truck accidents involving large commercial vehicles often result in severe or fatal injuries due to their size and weight.
- Pedestrian accidents: Situations where pedestrians are fatally injured due to collisions with vehicles or other accidents.
- Animal attacks: Tragic cases where individuals lose their lives due to uncontrolled or aggressive animal behavior.
- Auto accidents: Fatal car accidents, often due to reckless driving, poor road conditions, or mechanical failures.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle accidents where riders are fatally injured, often due to their vulnerability on the road.
- Premises liability: Premises liability situations where fatal accidents occur on someone else’s property due to negligence in maintaining safe conditions.
- Workplace accidents: Fatal incidents that occur in the workplace, often due to inadequate safety measures or hazardous working conditions.
If you have questions about the accidents that entitle you to a wrongful death lawsuit, don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team. We can help you navigate these difficult times by addressing your losses with compassion and respect. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of combined experience helping people like you get justice on a loved one’s behalf.
Our Team Helps You Take Legal Action After a Loved One’s Wrongful Passing
The personal injury cases addressing fatal injuries highlight negligence as the primary force behind a loved one’s untimely death. That negligence gives you, as a loved one’s surviving family member, the right to pursue legal action on the deceased’s behalf.
That said, you cannot initiate a criminal case against the responsible party involved in your loved one’s accident. Your options are confined to civil court. Taking civil action in a California court can, however, help you secure a fair settlement based on the losses you and your family endured following your loved one’s personal injury accident.
You must meet California’s burden of proof if you want to move a personal injury lawsuit forward, though. That’s where a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can help. Our team will break down the nature of your loved one’s passing, gather evidence related to your case, and fight to have a judge pass judgment on your right to accident compensation.
Outlining Your Right to Legal Action in California
California’s Department of Justice outlines who, specifically, may take legal action against the parties accountable for a wrongful death accident. Acting parties can include the following:
- A surviving spouse or domestic partner
- Children of the deceased
The deceased’s grandchildren may take legal action on the deceased’s behalf if those children’s parents are no longer living. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 377.60 further states that if none of the above parties are available to assume wrongful death litigation, any party that may benefit from intestate succession may initiate legal action against a negligent party.
If you’re not sure whether or not you qualify to take legal action after a loved one’s tragic death, you can meet with a qualified attorney to discuss your options.
Calculating the Value of the Compensation You Deserve
You must prove your right to financial compensation in the wake of your loved one’s passing. How do you determine the value of your case? Our skilled attorneys will break down your losses into two categories. We add together the value of your economic personal injury losses, then use precedent and experience to value your non-economic losses.
The expenses our personal injury attorneys can integrate into your wrongful death action can include the following:
- Your loved one’s accident-related medical expenses
- Property damage and essential repairs or replacements
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost compensation
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Funeral expenses
You can count on our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys to advocate for your right to maximum compensation following your loved one’s untimely passing. We don’t settle early, and we make sure that a liable party acknowledges your right to comprehensive support.
Punitive Damages in California Wrongful Death Lawsuits
You may additionally receive punitive damages from a judge should:
- Your case go to trial.
- A judge recognizes gross negligence that contributed to your loved one’s passing.
You may not request punitive damages when initially submitting wrongful death actions. Judges may instead award you this support at their own discretion.
Punitive damages are primarily designed to hold negligent parties stringently accountable for their neglect while discouraging other parties from engaging in similar behaviors.
Communicating With a Liable Party on Your Behalf
It can be unspeakably painful to try and communicate with a liable party after a loved one’s unexpected death. That’s why our team works to minimize your contact with these parties, particularly if the liable party proves belligerent or unrepentant.
We can manage your communications with the party responsible for your loved one’s passing so you can grieve in peace.
When to Call an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you want to open a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party, you need to do so before your case’s statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations in California, as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, gives you two years to take civil action.
That timeline can seem particularly tight when you’re learning to live with the gap a loved one’s passing has introduced into your life. Our law firm understands that you may not feel as though you have adequate time to bring together the information you need. That’s why we will step in and manage your loved one’s wrongful death claim.
Our team of experienced wrongful death lawyers in Los Angeles has years of experience helping families like yours take legal action against the parties contending with the emotional trauma of an accidental death. We can investigate your loved one’s passing while you and your family heal and celebrate your loved one’s life.
You can book a free case evaluation with our team today for legal advice.
Understanding Your Rights in Wrongful Death Insurance Claims
You may have the right to request monetary support from the insurance party protecting the person responsible for your loved one’s preventable death. If you do reach out to an insurance provider, though, you should consider having a wrongful death law firm on your side.
Insurance claims adjusters often prioritize an insurance company’s financial standing over your right to support. These parties may subsequently offer you insufficient wrongful death settlements or even deny the claim you file. This misconduct gets referred to as “bad faith behavior” and can open an offending insurance provider up to a civil lawsuit.
Our law office can step in before an insurance adjuster’s bad faith behavior gets in the way of your grieving process. Our influence can mitigate that behavior or allow you to pursue legal action against the offending party.
Overcome the Complexity of a Loved One’s Wrongful Death Case
The steps involved with filing a wrongful death claim can be complex. If you’re trying to unravel wrongful death litigation while contending with post-death care, burial expenses, and a mountain of other bills, you may feel like you’ll never get your life back on track.
A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will help you navigate the legalities of your loved one’s wrongful death. Omega Law Group Injury & Accident Attorneys will assist you in prioritizing your grieving process without compromising your right to financial support. We can offer you the support you need as you fight to bring wrongful death litigation against a negligent party.
Our legal team has decades of combined experience in the field of personal injury law, and we are dedicated to providing personalized and caring representation. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you will only have to pay us if we win your case.
Give us a call 24/7 to set up your free consultation.