How Filing a Wrongful Death Claim Can Help You and Your Family
No amount of compensation can bring your loved one back, nor replace the support and companionship he or she provided while still alive. But filing a wrongful death claim is not just about money – though monetary compensation can improve your financial situation immensely – it is also about justice. If your loved one has been killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, then there are many reasons why you should pursue legal action.
Recouping Financial Losses
If you were dependent in any way upon your lost loved one’s income to pay for housing, food, clothing, and/or other expenses, then you should not be deprived of those necessities because of another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct. Bringing a claim can help you replace his or her income, ensuring your present and future needs are met.
What if your lost loved one did not do any “breadwinning” for the family, but contributed household services (taking care of the children, cleaning, cooking, etc.) instead? While housework may not constitute an official job role with a paycheck, it no doubt has real value that can be translated into economic value and, in turn, included in your damages. For instance, you may rely on babysitters/daycare centers to take care of your children after the passing of your loved one, in which case you could pursue compensation for the resulting expenses.
Deterring Future Misconduct
When negligent people and companies are held financially liable for their misconduct, the public benefits. Every successful claim or lawsuit acts as a message, an effective deterrence against negligence, oversight, and general wrongdoing. Parties that pay settlements or judgments are more likely to “check” themselves and engage in safer behaviors. Taking legal action is a way of asserting, “This should never happen again.”
The only way to peace is through closure, and the only way you will find closure is if the liable party is held responsible for the loss of your loved one. Filing a claim or suit is the best way of making this happen.
Take Action Now
Those in need of a California wrongful death attorney are encouraged to contact Wilshire Law Firm for a FREE case evaluation. Call (800) 522-7274 now to speak with a legal expert that has years of experience assisting those in your position. Let us fight to make justice happen.