A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Survivors of the victim can file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for losses as a result of losing their loved one. A wrongful death claim can occur as a result of several legal situations including; medical malpractice, occupational hazard, or automobile malfunction. Wrongful death claims are commonly sought by family members or those that are financially dependent upon the deceased victim.
One example of a wrongful death lawsuit is the Ford Pinto Case, in which several Ford Pinto automobiles exploded in the 1970’s, killing the passengers inside the vehicle. The explosions occurred as a result of the gas tanks that faced the rear of the vehicle. Upon impact from behind, the tank would explode, often injuring or killing the passengers.
In the state of California, a family member or dependent may bring forth a wrongful death claim in civil court, regardless of a coinciding criminal case. California has restrictions on who may file a wrongful death lawsuit. These parties include; surviving spouse, domestic partner, or surviving children. Damages that may be awarded to the surviving parties are often used to cover funeral costs, medical bills, or to compensate for a loss of wages.
If you are the survivor of a wrongful death victim, contact the Law Offices of Mary Alexander. The California wrongful death attorneys at Mary Alexander & Associates are experienced in recovering compensation when a loved one dies as a result of negligence or malpractice. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us today.