San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer
San Francisco Bay Area Injury Attorney
When a loved one dies due to someone else’s negligence or s defective product, you may be able to recovery financial compensation through a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims can arise out of the same types of accidents and wrongdoing that can lead to personal injury lawsuits. Our San Francisco wrongful death attorney can help you and your family collect the compensation you need and deserve. Please call us today, while there is still time to file your lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Compensation which is available in a wrongful death case includes:
- Income which the decedent would have contributed throughout his lifetime
- Gifts the decedent would have contributed
- The value of lost services such as childcare, home maintenance, and running the household
- Loss of love, companionship, moral support, guidance, affection, care, society, training, and for spouses, consortium
- Mental anguish
- Funeral and burial expenses
Wrongful Death Beneficiaries
California law specifies and prioritizes who may recover wrongful death compensation. In wrongful death action priority goes to:
- Spouse or domestic partner
Also, if they can prove they were dependent on the decedent, other loved ones who may be able to receive wrongful death compensation include:
- Putative spouse
- Children of putative spouse
- Minor children living in the decedent’s household for at least six months prior to the decedent’s death
Survival Action for Heirs Who Do Not Qualify Under Wrongful Death
The law specifies that only people with certain relationships to the decedent can file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, anyone who is entitled to inherit the decedent’s estate can bring a survival action. A survival action is different to a wrongful death claim. It allows the estate to recover the decedent’s medical costs and lost income, and sometimes punitive damages.
If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, in the San Francisco Bay Area, please call our Bay Area wrongful death attorney at 1-800-930-3039 or contact us online. The initial consultation with a Bay Area wrongful death attorney is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.