There aren’t many things in the world more painful than the unexpected death of a loved one. What makes such a situation more difficult is when the death is caused by someone else’s negligence. Car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, dangerous property hazards, pedestrian accidents, and involuntary manslaughter stemming from assault are common causes of wrongful death. But when should you talk to the wrongful death attorneys Sacramento families turn to when they have been dealt such a tragedy?
The answer is that you should talk to Travis G. Black & Associates as soon as possible. The amount of time to file a wrongful death case is limited. You might also have a lot of questions about what your family will do now and how medical and funeral expenses will be paid. When the deceased loved one is the breadwinner, seeking compensation for loss of support becomes an important part of a wrongful death claim.
Making Wrongful Death Claims in California
When you turn to a Folsom personal injury attorney to file a wrongful death claim for you, there are several types of damages that can be sought. They include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of current and future income
- Loss of support and companionship
It’s important to not sit back and accept the consequences. Instead, fight for what you and your family deserve. Additionally, it’s common for a wrongful death case to be combined with California Survival Cause of Action that falls under the code of civil procedure 377.50.
A Survival Cause of Action is brought against the at-fault party by the estate of the victim to compensate for losses that the victim suffered because of the actions that led to their death. While the victim isn’t here to collect those damages, any that are awarded to the estate will be distributed to the surviving family. Unlike a personal injury case, punitive damages aren’t awarded in wrongful death lawsuits. The Survival Cause of Action is the only way to receive punitive damages.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
If you are a spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild (if the children are also deceased), a stepchild who was a dependent of the deceased, or anyone entitled to the decedent’s property upon their death, it is important to file the wrongful death lawsuit soon. With the help of an accident attorney Sacramento families and families around the area trust, you can file within the statute of limitations.
Currently, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from the date of an injury or six months after death. Your Folsom personal injury attorney will file the case within this time so that the process can begin. Failing to do so within this window results in the possibility to file being closed forever. The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC will listen to your case, view the evidence, and make a timely filing so you can effectively fight for the compensation you deserve.