Losing a loved one to another party’s negligence is a tragic event. Whether it is a business that failed to safely maintain its property, a doctor who was negligent when prescribing medications, or a trucking company whose driver behaved recklessly, the person or entity whose wrongdoing caused your loved one’s death should be held responsible.
A Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to pursue the parties responsible for your loved one’s death for compensation on your behalf. You may be able to recover awards for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, loss of financial support from the deceased, and more.
For a free, no-obligation consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments necessary.
Incidents That Can Trigger a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When an individual or organization’s negligence causes the death of an innocent victim, the responsible party be liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. This can occur in a variety of situations, including:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Burn injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Product liability
- And more
If you believe your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation on your case. We may be able to investigate your case and gather evidence to prove liability.
Proving liability in a wrongful death case may boil down to four elements:
- Duty of care: your loved one was owed a duty of care by the responsible party, i.e., the safe use of the road by other drivers obeying traffic law.
- Breach of duty: the responsible party’s negligence caused them to breach the duty of care, i.e., by running a red light.
- Injuries: the breach caused fatal injuries to your loved one, i.e., in the resulting car accident
- Damages: the injuries brought you financial losses, i.e., funeral and burial costs, loss of protection, etc.
If you believe that these four elements were present in your loved one’s death, you may qualify for compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California
According to CCP § 377.60, a California wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, children, grandchildren, or other minor children dependent on the deceased for at least 50% of their financial support, such as stepchildren.
California CCP § 335.1 allows a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits. This means that you must bring a civil action within two years of the deceased’s time of death. If you do fail to take legal action before this deadline expires, it could prevent you from recovering compensation via a lawsuit.
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Working with a Lawyer on Your Case
When you work with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm on your case, we can provide a host of legal services to take the weight of the case out of your hands. In addition to communicating with all parties on your behalf, we can:
- Answer your questions and provide legal advice
- Conduct your case according to California law
- Handle all legal deadlines and paperwork
- Investigate your case and identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of their liability
- Gather evidence of the extent of your losses
- Hire medical and accident reconstructions experts to testify in your defense, if needed
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement
- Take your case to trial if they do not make you a fair offer
We hope that these services give you time and space from the legal proceedings to grieve.
What You May Recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
You can seek both economic and non-economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Economic damages may compensate the deceased’s family for expenses related to their death, as well as future financial support they would have received from the deceased if they had lived.
Examples of economic damages in wrongful death suits include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Wages the deceased would have earned
- Domestic services the deceased would have provided
- And more
Non-economic damages include awards to compensate for the loss of the deceased’s companionship, affection, emotional support, and protection. Surviving spouses and domestic partners may also seek compensation for loss of consortium.
A Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you identify all the damages to which you may be entitled when we represent you.
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At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we believe that when you have lost a loved one, your focus should be on healing from your grief. If another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, you should not have to worry about funeral expenses, medical costs, or loss of financial support.
A Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from our firm may be able to help you build your case and pursue compensation for your losses when we represent you.
Whether the responsible party is a single individual or a large corporation or medical institution, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is not afraid to take on the most difficult cases.
Our team works on a contingency-fee basis. This means you pay nothing upfront and nothing out of pocket for our services. In this type of arrangement, you do not pay our attorney’s fees unless and until you receive a settlement offer our court awards.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444.