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Alameda Wrongful Death Attorneys

When someone is injured as a result of another person’s negligence, the injured party has the right to pursue compensation for his or her damages via a personal injury case. When the injured party, however, dies as a result of the other party’s negligence, the victim obviously can’t pursue this legal correction. The law’s answer to this dilemma is a wrongful death statute that addresses the victim’s family’s losses. If you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, an Alameda wrongful death attorney can help. 

Associated Damages

Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is obviously extremely difficult, and California law addresses this fact by allowing the claimants in wrongful death cases to pursue both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include (without a financial cap):

  • The funeral and burial costs for your lost loved one
  • The financial support that the loved one would have provided you throughout his or her expected lifetime
  • The benefits you would have reasonably expected to receive from your loved one over the course of his or her expected lifetime
  • The reasonable value of those household services your loved one would have provided had he or she lived to life expectancy

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, can include (without financial cap):

  • The loss of your loved one’s society and companionship
  • The loss of your loved one’s protection and affection
  • The loss of your loved one’s moral support
  • The loss of the loved one’s guidance
  • The loss of sexual relations with your loved one

Emotional pain and suffering are not covered in these non-economic damages, but the jury can assign any reasonable value to covered losses (in accordance with the evidence presented). 

Who May File?

In the State of California, the following survivors (or their personal representatives) have the authority to bring wrongful death claims:

  • The decedent’s surviving spouse
  • The decedent’s domestic partner
  • The decedent’s children
  • The decedent’s grandchildren (if the decedent’s children are no longer living)
  • Any other minor children who were at least 50 percent dependent upon the decedent’s financial support (such as stepchildren)
  • Anyone else who, under California’s laws of succession, would be entitled to a share of the decedent’s estate

Common Causes

No two wrongful death cases ever share exactly the same particulars, but there are certain types of negligence-based accidents that are often at the root of these cases, including:

  • Traffic Accidents (car, rideshare, truck, bus, motorcycle, scooter, bike, and pedestrian accidents)
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Nursing home abuse

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Alameda Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Wrongful death cases are tragic cases that are also exceedingly complicated. The compassionate, experienced, and resourceful wrongful death attorneys at Bogaards Law in San Francisco are committed to skillfully advocating for your case’s most beneficial resolution. Although nothing can bring your loved one back to you, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled can help you and your family recover more fully. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

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