Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is a devastating thing to go through. While nothing can be done to bring your loved one back, compensation may be available to ease the financial strain associated with your loss.
At the Law Office of Daniel J. O’Neill, we represent family members who have lost a loved one and are now pursuing a wrongful death claim in California. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to learn about your options, please complete our online contact form.
Otherwise, read the information below to get answers to your frequently asked questions about wrongful death.
How Much Is My Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
There are a number of factors that determine what your claim may be worth. We will help pursue compensation to cover the following expenses and losses:
- Funeral costs
- Medical costs
- Lost future income
- Loss of companionship
- And more
The value of your claim may be significant. Talk to a lawyer to learn what your claim may be worth.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The following individuals may pursue a wrongful death claim after the loss of a loved one in an accident:
- Domestic partner
- Parents (if the deceased did not have a spouse, domestic partner or children)
- Siblings (if the deceased did not have a spouse, domestic partner or children)
- Stepchildren (if they were financially dependent on the deceased individual)
- Other individuals, if the deceased did not have a surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child
Please contact our office to learn about your specific options and to find out if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
What If There Are Multiple People Seeking a Wrongful Death Claim?
If there is more than one person filing a wrongful death claim — a surviving spouse, child and parent, for example — the recovery can be divided. This is done by a judge. If there are disagreements among the survivors, the case may need to be settled through litigation.
Is There a Time Limit To Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?
Yes. The individual pursuing a wrongful death claim must do so within two years of the death.
Does The Cause Of Death Matter?
In general, individuals who have lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person or party’s negligence can pursue a wrongful death claim. Examples of these types of accidents include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous property accidents
- Dangerous product accidents
- Medical malpractice/hospital negligence
- And more
Do You Have Additional Questions? Feel Free To Contact Us.
To schedule a no-cost consultation at our office in San Luis Obispo, please call 1-877-640-6522. Daniel J O’Neil has 35 years of experience dealing with wrongful death cases. Contact us today.