San Jose Wrongful Death Attorney
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If you are facing the loss of a loved one as the result of an accident caused by the negligence of another party, it is important to speak with our San Jose personal injury lawyer. In circumstances where death is caused by negligence or carelessness of a reckless party, the family members can face frustration and anxiety.
We can help you, as the family of the victim, deal with the legal aspects of this circumstance. Whether the death was caused by a criminal act or from an accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Schedule a free case evaluation today!
What is California’s wrongful death law?
Certain eligible family members of a decedent have the right to file a lawsuit in a civil court to seek damages for pain, suffering, and loss of income. With more than 25 years of experience, our San Jose personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri can help. We understand the California wrongful death laws and can help you fully understand how California’s Code of Civil Procedure §§377.60 – 377.62 can impact your case and benefit your family’s present circumstance.
Wrongful death claims can be brought against the at-fault party by a personal representative or by any of the following eligible family members of the decedent, including:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
- Legal guardian of deceased child
- The following parties who were dependent on the decedent: putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, stepchildren, or parents
One of the primary goals of a wrongful death lawsuit is to recover damages so that the surviving family members can obtain full and fair compensation for the damages they incurred. While compensation will always vary from case to case, courts will generally award surviving relatives compensation in the form of economic damages, noneconomic damages, and – in some cases – punitive damages.
Economic damages cover any expenses incurred as the direct result of a victim’s death. These damages may include:
- Costs of medical treatment prior to decedent’s death
- Costs of any psychological treatment or therapy
- Funeral costs
- Loss of financial support
Families may also be eligible to obtain compensation for their emotional injuries and loss of companionship. In cases where liable parties cause death as the result of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, courts may also award victims punitive damages to further punish wrongdoers and to provide additional compensation.
Compassionate Support, Experienced Representation
Financial and emotional stress can be relieved by obtaining a caring and dedicated San Jose wrongful death attorney from our firm. We want to help you develop closure in any way possible and we are confident in our resources, abilities, and commitment to secure justice and fair compensation on your behalf. It is important to note that wrongful death claims do have time limits – a statute of limitations – before which you must file your claim. You can learn more about time limitations for San Jose wrongful death claims in our blog section.