Losing a loved one is never easy, especially if they died under preventable circumstances. According to the California Office Of Traffic Safety or OTS, 19,873 people were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2014 alone. Many of these accidents were due to the negligence of someone else. The following is an overview of personal injury law and how it can help families obtain compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. If your family has suffered this type of loss, it may benefit you to speak with an attorney for advice.

What Is A Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death describes someone who dies in an accident due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else or entity. The victim’s family can file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for certain expenses and damages.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Only certain people can seek compensation for wrongful death in California under the law. These people are:

  • The Children Or Step Children Of The Deceased
  • A Spouse Or Domestic Partner Of The Deceased
  • If No Children Or Spouse Then Whoever Is The Next Relative In Line

What Damages Can I Receive?

The damages available in a wrongful death case depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident that lead up to the death of your loved one. However, some damages that are typically awarded in these types of cases are:

  • Loss Of Consortium
  • Loss Of Companionship
  • Funeral Costs
  • Burial Fees
  • Unpaid Medical Bills
  • Loss Of Financial Support
  • Lost Income

Types Of Wrongful Death Cases

The most common types of wrongful death cases in the United States today are:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injuries
  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Crashes
  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
  • Public Transit Incidents
  • Road Hazards
  • Slip And Fall Injuries
  • Dog Attacks

Visit http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wrongful-death-lawsuits-california.html for more information on wrongful death in California.

Contact an Orange County personal injury attorney today to discuss how you may be able to obtain compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death. After speaking with you, an attorney will let you know the best way to proceed. While obtaining a financial award will not bring your loved one back, it can help ease the financial burden associated with their untimely death.