Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Orange County
In California, wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a death that results from an illegal or wrongful act or from the negligent behavior of a person or business. Every wrongful death is a death that should not have happened; a wrongful death is one that would not have occurred had the person or business responsible for the death not behaved negligently or wrongfully.
There are many possible causes of wrongful death. Some of the top causes in Orange County include:
1. Orange County car accidents
2. Southern California Motorcycle crashes
3. Large truck accidents
4. Bicycle accidents
5. Slip and falls
6. Medical malpractice
7. Defective consumer products
8. Medication errors
10. Dog bites
Who may file a wrongful death claim?
According to §377.60 of the California Code of Civil Procedure, the surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and grandchildren (and in some cases parents or step children) of the wrongful death victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. A wrongful death lawsuit allows family members to collect compensation for their loved one’s injury and for the family’s loss.
Wrongful death damages include “survival damages”. Survival damages include any expenses incurred because of the injury that led to the death, including lost earnings and medical bills, as well as conscious pain and suffering. These types of damages are known as “survival damages” because had the deceased survived his injury, he could have filed a California personal injury claim to recover these damages.
In addition to “survival damages”, the family of the deceased may recover compensation for funeral expenses, and for the financial contributions the deceased made to the household including the reasonable value of the services, companionship, and support that the loved one would have provided to the family had the accident not occurred.
If you have lost a loved one and have questions about filing a wrongful death claim in Orange County, contact the Southern California wrongful death attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596. We are to seeing families get accountability and fair compensation for their losses.
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