If you have lost a loved one, people may tell you to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While this may be a good option, the fact of the matter is that not everyone is eligible to do so. Keep reading to learn who is and who isn’t able to file this type of personal injury claim. If you believe you have a case, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
First: A Wrongful Death Must Have Occurred
Before we get into the relationship you must have with the victim in order to file, let us first ensure that the case was in fact a wrongful death. We know that it can feel that any accident in which you lost a loved one was a wrongful death but that is not always the case.
In order to win the case you must prove that there was an accident, that the accident caused the death of your loved one, and that accident was caused by the action and inaction of the person you are suing. Further, you must show that the person you are sing had a duty of care to your loved one. If you cannot prove all of this then you do not have a valid wrongful death case.
Only Certain Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Case – With a Few Exceptions
A wrongful death lawsuit can generally only be filed by a family member such as a spouse, child, or parent. However, in certain cases others are able to file a suit. In most cases, these exceptions must have been financially depending on the deceased. For example, a dependent adult who lived with the deceased may be able to file. If you are not sure if you have the right to sue then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free case evaluation.
You Could Be Eligible for Compensation for Numerous Types of Damages
Depending on the specifics of the case, you could be eligible for a number of types of damages. For example, the at-fault party may be responsible for paying for the medical bills of your loved one, for their burial and funeral costs, and for the loss of income you will experience due to their loss. They could also be forced to pay for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
Find Out What Your Options Are by Talking to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe you have a valid wrongful death case in California, your next call should be to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We will begin with a free legal consultation and can move forward from there. Now is the time to find out what your options are.