Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim is a civil suit that is brought when a person dies as the result of the negligent or wrongful action of another person or entity. It is entirely separate from any criminal charges that might be brought against the person. Wrongful death lawsuits seek compensation for survivors’ losses. These losses can include financial losses, as well as mental and emotional losses.

The damages from a wrongful death lawsuit are generally divided into those that compensate the deceased person’s estate and those that compensate surviving family members. Losses that fall under the deceased person’s estate include funeral expenses, medical bills from the deceased person’s final illness/injury, and the lost income the person would have earned had he or she lived.

Losses suffered by the deceased person’s surviving family members include loss of financial support and/or the value of household services, and emotional losses such as loss of love, attention, guidance and affection.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of a person or entity, you may have a wrongful death claim. Consult with a personal injury attorney about your case to learn what your next steps may be.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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