What Damages Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Cover?
Surviving family members often have many unforeseen expenses to deal with after the passing of a loved one. These expenses can be an incredible burden if the decedent was the family's breadwinner. A wrongful death lawsuit can help cover economic damages, such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of child support
- Loss of benefits (i.e. retirement or medical)
- Loss of inheritance
A wrongful death lawsuit may also cover non-economic damages. These damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of child-rearing support
- Loss of affection, love and companionship
What Do I Need to Know About Filing a Wrong Death Case in California?
Filing a lawsuit for wrongful death can be a complex matter. In California, only immediate family members and close acquaintances, such as domestic partners or dependents, may qualify to file. Consulting an experienced Redlands wrongful death attorney can help determine if you qualify.
California also maintains statutes of limitations when it comes to these cases. That means you only have a certain period of time to file a wrongful death claim. This time limit is often determined by the circumstances surrounding your case.
Generally, survivors must file a wrongful death case within two years of the decedent's death. If an individual died due to the negligence of a public entity, they may only have six months to file. However, it is important to know that there are special exceptions to these time limits. So, speaking with an attorney is important, even if you believe you have missed one of these deadlines.
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