Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Los Angeles refers to a claim that arises when a person’s negligent actions result in the death of another, at workplace, in motor vehicle accidents or due medical malpractice etc. Losing someone close can be very painful it can impact the family members emotionally and on livelihood too. In such claim family members are often seen struggling to bear the loss of their family member along with financial burden.
Los Angeles law allows the surviving family members to file a claim of their family members wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence. Our skilled Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys at Farahi Law Firm, APC are here to help you seek justice.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Los Angeles:
- Motor vehicle accidents- Individuals can be discovered answerable for causing an unfair demise regardless of whether they didn’t plan to cause hurt such accidents are often seen in automobile accidents, Truck accidents, bicycle accidents or pedestrian accidents etc. where the accused was found carelessly, negligently or under alcohol influence.
- Defective and dangerous drugs- We are fortunate to have alternatives of medications, but these days pharmaceutical companies focus on their profits. This leads them to bring unsafe drugs into unsuspected market. There are number of reasons why pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for catastrophic injuries or even deaths of patients:
- Drug not tested properly
- Misleading information
- Deemed unsafe by FDA
- Incorrect warning labels and directions
- Work related injuries- It has often seen that managers and owners interested in saving a few dollars ignore those rules to get their work complete by putting workers life in danger but such avoidable accidents at work can cause death or lifetime disability. As per the statistics of Occupational safety and health Administration it states that maximum deaths happens at construction sites. In 2014 itself, nearly 4679 workers were killed at workplace, 90 fatalities are reported every week in United States.
- Homicide- Taking another humans’ life Intentionally for monetary gains or in rage by using firearms, putting house on fire etc.
- Defective product Accidents- Wrongful death can occur due to any of the following:
- Defective auto parts like malfunctioning brakes, tires and any other automotive parts.
- Consumer products like kitchen appliances, electronics, or other gadgets
- Medical devices like ECG monitors, cardiac pumps and defibrillators
- Children’s items such as toys, strollers, child car seats and playground equipment
- Hunting and fishing equipment such as tents, propane heaters, grills etc.
- Industrial equipment’s such as forklifts, hoists, turbines etc
- Medical malpractice- According to an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice. These incidents are categorized in further subcategories: 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgery. 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals. The top five medical errors are:
- Wrong medication or wrong dose
- Too many Blood Transfusion
- Too much oxygen for premature babies
- Health care associated infections like no hand wash
- Infection from central lines
Who can file wrongful death claim?
State statute determines who can file a lawsuit for the wrongful death. Under California Civil Procedure Code 377.60, the following victims ‘ family members – or their personal representatives – are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The surviving spouse or domestic partner or parents
- Victims surviving children’s
- Any individual who might be qualified for the victims’ property by means of intestate progression, for example next of kin
- People who were dependent on victim for financial help, e.g. victim’s ex-partner or step-children
What damages can I claim?
We know no cash can reward or can recover the pain and loss of the family, but we try to honor the person you lost by making the responsible parties answer for the harm they have done. Damage is usually split according to whether it compensates the estate for death-related losses or the surviving family members for the death-related personal losses they have sustained.
Losses usually attributed to the estate include:
- Medical bills or cost incurred during deceased’s final illness or injury,
- funeral & burial costs,
- loss of wages and future wages of deceased person.
The surviving family can claim for:
- Loss of future financial support
- Loss of love, companionship, emotional support and guidance
- Value of other household service contribution.
Indeed, even at such a horrible minute, insurance agencies and different gatherings will do all that they can to settle your case for the littlest dollar sum conceivable. They would prefer not to chance a lawyer getting included, particularly after a deadly mishap. But we ensure the your voice is heard and your pain is felt by the jury and get you the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.
What is the wrongful death statute of limitations in Los Angeles?
Like personal injury claims, wrongful death claims in Los Angeles must be filed within the statute of limitations. California state law mandates that wrongful death claims be made within two years from the date of death of the deceased. If the case is not brought within two years the state’s civil court system, the family will almost certainly lose. Our experienced wrongful death lawsuit attorneys can help you ensure that you file your lawsuit before this deadline passes.
If you have lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence, you can consider filing either a claim for wrongful death or survival action or both if the circumstances require. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, fierce and competent legal representation after such a loss will help to provide closure and alleviate the financial stress involved. Farahi Law Firm, APC has successfully represented plaintiffs in wrongful death lawsuits in Los Angeles from motor vehicle accidents, etc.
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