Losing a loved one is unbearable. It is especially unbearable if you lose them due to someone else’s wrongful act. If you have lost a spouse or family member to the careless or reckless actions of another, you may bring a wrongful death suit to compensate for your loss. If you are in need of a wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles, Pimentel Law has the knowledge and experience to handle your case.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN BE RECOVERED FOR WRONGFUL DEATH?
California’s wrongful death statute, California Civil Procedure Code § 377.60, authorizes a deceased person’s family members or their personal representative to bring a wrongful death suit if the death was a result of a “wrongful act” or “negligence.” You will want to consult with a wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles prior to bringing a suit in order to ensure that you have standing to bring the suit on your loved one’s behalf.
Wrongful death damages are intended to compensate the decedent’s heirs for the loss of emotional and financial support that they reasonably could have expected to receive from the decedent over his/her life expectancy. These damages include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Financial support that the decedent would have contributed to his/her heirs over the course of their lifetime
- Gifts or benefit that the heirs would have expected to receive over the course of the decedent’s lifetime
- Reasonable value of household services that the decedent would have provided
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society and moral support
- Loss of training and guidance
- Loss of sexual relations by the decedent’s spouse
No fixed standard exists for deciding the amount of noneconomic damages. In arriving at an amount, the jury is instructed to use their judgment to decide a reasonable amount based on the evidence and their common sense. In order to ensure you are fully compensated for all of your losses, you’ll want to consult with one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Los Angeles.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR WRONGFUL DEATH IN CALIFORNIA?
California Civil Procedure Code § 335.1 sets forth the statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit in California, which is two years from the date of death.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY IN LOS ANGELES TODAY!
Pimentel Law has over a decade of experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases and has obtained multiple million-dollar settlements in these types of cases over the years. If you want to ensure you are fully compensated for the losses associated with the wrongful death of your loved one, contact our wrongful death lawyers in Los Angeles today at (877) 265-8084.