The death of a loved one is always difficult to bear; but a wrongful death caused by another person may evoke more grief, confusion, and anger. You will want to seek justice for your loved one and against the person who caused their death. The best way to do it is by filing a case against the responsible party and by seeking the reparations provided by the law.
Here are the steps you should take to handle wrongful deaths.
Consult a Wrongful Death Attorney
Before anything else, seek the counsel of a wrongful death lawyer in Long Beach. You will first discuss the details leading to your loved one’s death, how much you should receive for the financial and emotional loss incurred, and the steps you can take to provide a strong argument in court.
While money can never bring back a loved one, seeking financial compensation is a safe and just option. If your loved one shared in your household expenses, your family could be set back because of the loss of income – not to mention, the financial implications of the funeral and burial of your deceased loved one. So, seeking financial compensation not only serves justice, somehow, but also provides a financial security blanket for your future.
File Your Case before the Statute of Limitations
Personal injury cases in California have a statute of limitations, which is the amount of time a person has to file a case after the crime has happened. Like other personal injury cases, you have two years from your loved one’s death to file a case. Should you miss the deadline, you and anyone else who can file for your loved one’s wrongful death forfeit the right to do so.
Prepare Your Case
You need to prepare your case with your attorney. Once you have presented your case in court, it will be up to the judge and jury to decide your case. A good wrongful death lawyer is someone who can provide a strong case with the right evidence to back up your claims. They should also be experienced enough to provide a convincing argument on the compensation amount you believe you deserve.
Justice and Compensation for Your Loss
When the judge and jury decide that your loved one’s death was, in fact, a wrongful one, they will ensure that justice is served. While this will not bring your loved one back, this can help ease the grief of your loss and secure your finances after your loved one’s passing.
In California, once the jurors believe that a person deserves to be compensated for a wrongful death, they have to decide the compensation amount in two parts, economic and non-economic losses.
Your economic losses include the financial support, gifts, benefits, and household services your loved one would have provided you, as well as the funeral and burial expenses. The non-economic damages include the loss of their love, companionship, protection, enjoyment of sexual relations, and guidance.
Going through the period following the wrongful death of a loved one can prove to be a difficult time for anyone. However, there is still a way to seek justice and come to terms with the loss and with the person or persons who caused it. To help ensure you get the right outcome in your case, you need the assistance of a qualified and experienced lawyer who will see that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Haffner Law has the experienced to help you with wrongful death cases. They recognize that people who suffer through an ordeal caused by others need to be fairly compensated for their injuries or loss.
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