The death of a loved one is an extremely painful and stressful event, and a death that is caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional acts compounds the pain and stress of losing a loved one. Survivors often have a difficult time coping with losing their loved one and knowing that his or her death was someone else’s fault leaves survivors feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s fault, contact El Cajon wrongful death attorney, Eugene G. Bruno, who will help to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for the loss of your loved one.
California wrongful death claims are intended to compensate survivors for losses they sustained as a result of losing their loved one. Plaintiffs in a California wrongful death claim typically include the deceased’s spouse and children and in some circumstances, other dependents or heirs are permitted to be plaintiffs as well. A wrongful death attorney will help you understand how California wrongful death statutes apply to the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
Our wrongful death experts will help gather and put forth evidence to show that the defendant was at fault for your loved one’s wrongful death. We will also investigate and help calculate your damages so that you may be compensated for your all of your losses. Some of those damages may include funeral and burial costs, loss of the deceased’s earnings and support, loss of love and companionship, and loss of household contributions. There are no punitive damages awarded in California wrongful death claims.
Often a survival action is brought at the same time as a wrongful death claim and unlike wrongful death claims, punitive damages may be awarded in survival actions. A survival action is meant to compensate the estate for the deceased’s losses. The plaintiffs might be the same or different for wrongful death and survival actions. The two actions also have different statutes of limitations. It is important to speak with a wrongful death expert who can help preserve claims you may have by seeing that they are appropriately filed before the applicable statutes of limitations run.
As mentioned above, in some cases wrongful death and survival actions may be brought together, but they are separate actions and may be brought in separate cases. Our wrongful death experts will review and analyze your case to determine what course of action is best for you and your loved ones. We understand that a life cannot be replaced, but financial settlements and awards are critical for wrongful death survivors who are harmed financially and emotionally by losing a loved one. We are sympathetic to wrongful death plaintiffs and we work to see that plaintiffs receive the compensation that they deserve. Contact The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno to schedule a consultation with our El Cajon wrongful death attorney. Our experienced team is ready to work for you.