Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure. The mental anguish and emotional strife can be exhausting, even unbearable at times, not to mention the financial stress. If you or someone you love has been killed due to someone’s carelessness or reckless actions, you are probably asking yourself:
- How will I get through this?
- How can I cover the medical and funeral expenses?
- How will I take care of my family?
- How do I get my life back?
At Wilshire Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping grieving spouses, parents, and children get the justice they deserve and the compensation they need to secure peace of mind and move on with their lives following the loss of a loved one. Our lawyers and staff provide expert legal guidance while upholding high standards of client communication and service. We will treat you with the respect you deserve.
There are Time Limits for Recovery
To collect damages for wrongful death, plaintiffs must prove that a negligent act or an act with intent to do harm to the victim caused the death. In addition to the urgency of gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses to establish that liability, survivors and heirs in California must also file wrongful death law suits before a statutory deadline for such actions expires. While it’s understandable that the decedent’s family and friends are grieving, someone among those heirs needs to step up and initiate the legal action necessary to secure full compensation for all plaintiffs.
Wilshire Law Firm will assist a family following the death of a loved one with a no-charge initial legal consultation. Intended as an informational meeting for the family, one of our personal injury attorneys will discuss the particulars of your case, estimate the potential award you can recover, advise your next steps to be taken, and if our services are warranted, explain the fees we charge.
It is crucial that you take action NOW and contact us today at (800) 522-7274 to get your wrongful death claim started. Monetary compensation may not make everything right, but it can help alleviate the burden placed on your family and grant you the time to mourn your loved one’s passing and to heal.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?
California laws regarding wrongful death claims are complex, which is why it is important to get help from a qualified legal professional who handles these types of cases. As the survivor of a wrongful death victim, you can pursue the following damages:
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, moral support, and (if you’re the spouse) consortium of the decedent;
- Value of household services; and
- Value of financial support.
There are also the fixed expenses to consider, like past medical and hospital bills as well as burial and funeral costs. To determine the full extent of damages you are entitled to, consult with an attorney.
Building Your Case
In order to build a suitable legal case against the negligent party, our firm may employ private investigative services to secure evidence that accurately supports your allegations. Details of an accident can be obtained through eye witness accounts and by re-creating the events. Our technicians utilize scene reconstruction technology to provide persuasive physical and video evidence of negligence.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
After someone has died in an accident, only certain people may file a wrongful death claim, with those closest to the decedent getting higher priority. Surviving spouse and children receive highest entitlement. They may file separately or jointly. Next in line are the decedent’s:
- Children of deceased siblings,
- Grandparents, and then
A second group of claimants, which includes the putative spouse and his or her children, stepchildren, and parents of the decedent, may file a wrongful death claim only if they were dependents of the decedent at the time of his or her death.
Finally, any minor who can prove that they were in the care of the decedent at the time of his or her death may have a viable suit.
Testimony from doctors and financial advisers can attest to the possible financial strain resulting from the wrongful death accident to better establish a suitable compensation for personal damages. If medical treatment for emotional distress is not available through your current health insurance provider, the firm may arrange any recommended treatment. Professional medical care is available from our network of qualified physicians and psychiatrists. The costs will be secured, regardless of cost, by the future proceeds from the impending settlement.
Wilshire Law Firm – Your Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our attorneys have maintained a steady client focus that has earned the firm a reputation for tough, aggressive representation for all accident victims. If a loved one has recently died due to the negligence of others, please contact Wilshire Law Firm at (800) 522-7274 or by completing an online case consultation request form.
No Win, No Fee
Wilshire Law Firm represents clients under a contingency fee structure. Contingency fees require no immediate payment from you as a client. Instead, attorney compensation comes out of the final settlement or court award that we secure for you. The benefit of this fee structure, is that there is no out-of-pocket costs to you to pursue legal actions. This arrangement also aligns our interests with yours, as our payment is entirely dependent on our ability to achieve a positive outcome for your case.