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Wrongful Death

Chico Wrongful Death Lawyer

Northern California Wrongful Death Claims

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always challenging, but when the death is preventable, it can feel overwhelming to move forward. Emotions run high, and families often find themselves at a loss for where to seek assistance after experiencing a wrongful death. During these difficult times, it is crucial to have a skilled wrongful death lawyer in Chico by your side, advocating for your family's best interests.

If you have tragically lost a family member due to the negligence of another individual or entity, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, our team of Chico wrongful death lawyers. We are here to help you navigate the complex legal process, explain how California laws apply to your case, and provide the support you need. Allow us to fight on your behalf and on behalf of your loved ones.

Call (530) 413-0245 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation regarding your wrongful death claim in California.

Understanding Wrongful Death in California

Wrongful death is a legal term for a claim that can be brought when someone dies due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party. In essence, it is a civil action taken by the survivors of the deceased person, such as family members or dependents, seeking compensation for the loss and damages they have suffered as a result of the death.

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued if it satisfies the following three criteria:

  1. The death was caused by a third party.
  2. The death resulted from the negligence or intentional harmful actions of the responsible party.
  3. The death led to financial losses for the deceased's estate and family.

Wrongful deaths caused by negligence can occur in various ways. For instance, if a driver who is texting runs a red light and causes a fatal accident, they may be held accountable for wrongful death. Additionally, intentional acts of murder can also be considered wrongful deaths.

Some circumstances that may give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Committing a criminal act
  • Exposing individuals to hazardous conditions or substances
  • Medical malpractice
  • Auto, motorcycle, or truck accidents
  • Animal attacks
  • Safety hazards

Types of Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases

Compensation in wrongful death cases aims to address both quantifiable losses, such as the deceased's potential income, and intangible damages, like the loss of companionship. While no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, it can help cover medical and funeral expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other related losses.

The types of compensation available typically fall into the following categories:

Economic Damages:

  • Funeral and Burial Expenses: Compensation for the costs associated with the deceased's funeral and burial.
  • Loss of Financial Support: If the deceased was a primary financial provider, the family can claim compensation for the lost income and financial support they would have received.
  • Loss of Benefits: Compensation for the loss of benefits such as health insurance, retirement benefits, and other perks that the deceased provided or contributed to the family.

Non-Economic Damages:

  • Loss of Companionship: Compensation for the emotional suffering and loss of the deceased's companionship, affection, and emotional support.
  • Loss of Consortium: This is specifically for the surviving spouse and covers the loss of marital relationship and intimacy.
  • Pain and Suffering: While this is more commonly associated with the pain experienced by the deceased before death, it can sometimes include compensation for the family's emotional distress.

In some instances, punitive damages may be awarded, particularly when the death resulted from malicious intent. Punitive damages serve as a means of punishing the responsible party for their actions leading to the death of your loved one. Although punitive damages can be substantial, it is essential to consult with a wrongful death lawyer in Chico who can accurately determine the appropriate types and amounts of damages to seek.

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Case in CA?

In California, a wrongful death case can be brought by certain individuals who are recognized as "parties of interest" under the state's wrongful death laws. These parties generally include:

  • Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner: The surviving spouse or registered domestic partner of the deceased has the first right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Children: If there is no surviving spouse or domestic partner, the deceased's children may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim.
  • Dependent Stepchildren: Stepchildren who were financially dependent on the deceased may also have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Parents: If there are no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children, the deceased's parents may be eligible to bring a wrongful death case.
  • Legal Guardians: If the deceased had a legal guardian, that guardian may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the dependent.
  • Personal Representative: If none of the above parties of interest are available or willing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal representative of the deceased's estate can bring the claim.

Seek Assistance from Our Chico Wrongful Death Attorneys

Now If you are grappling with the loss of a loved one caused by someone else's negligence, don't hesitate to reach out to the legal team at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance on your rights to seek compensation under California law and will tirelessly advocate for fair restitution for your damages. When you have tragically lost a family member due to the careless or reckless behavior of another, we are here to support you in pursuing justice.

Dial (530) 413-0245 or connect with us online to initiate a conversation about your available options.

Why Choose Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley?

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