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Coping after a Wrongful Death

April 23, 2023

Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges, but losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or criminal wrongdoing is immeasurably more so. If you find yourself in this devastating situation, finding a path forward can feel overwhelming, but it is important to know that an experienced San Francisco wrongful death attorney recognizes the gravity of your situation and has the compassion and legal insight to help. 

Getting Started

The first step in coming to terms with suddenly losing a loved one to the negligence of another is allowing yourself the time and space you need to grieve – whatever this means for you. Some tried-and-true tactics include:

  • Honoring your loved one’s memory – in a way that makes sense to you
  • Coming together with close family members and friends to celebrate your loved one’s life and grieve their loss
  • Turning to your support group to process your feelings
  • Reaching out to a professional grief counselor or clergy member 
  • Joining a support group where others who have been thorough or are going through an experience like yours come together in mutual support and understanding

You’ve lost a beloved family member quite unexpectedly, and it’s important to face what you’re experiencing – rather than to hide from it. 

Protecting Your Legal Rights

Your loss can directly affect your life moving forward, and while securing the compensation to which you are entitled cannot bring your loved one back, it can help pave the way toward healing. Toward this end, there are some important points to keep in mind, including:

  • The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in California is a brief two years from the date your loved one succumbed to their life-threatening injuries – not from the date of the injury-causing accident, if they are different.
  • In California, the surviving spouse or domestic partner, surviving children, or surviving parents of the decedent – the person who lost their life – can file the wrongful death claim
  • In California, you can seek compensation on behalf of your lost loved one in the form of medical expenses incurred, pain and suffering endured, income lost, and funeral and burial costs incurred from the time that the accident happened to the time of their death.
  • You can also seek compensation for your own losses, including your pain and suffering and your loss of income, affection, companionship, comfort, care, services, and guidance. 

An Experienced San Francisco Wrongful Death Attorney Is Standing By to Help

The practiced San Francisco wrongful death attorneys at Bogaards Law understand that you are going through an exceptionally challenging experience, and we are committed to helping you successfully navigate the path toward healing while effectively and efficiently advocating for your claim’s optimal outcome. Finding some measure of closure is important to you and your family’s future, so please don’t wait to reach out and contact us for more information about how we can help and to schedule a free consultation today.    



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