Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys Support You Throughout California
When tragedy strikes, the loss can be difficult to understand or manage. If your loved one was killed through the negligence or mistake of another party, you may have a claim for wrongful death. In Santa Barbara, the experienced legal team at Bertling Law Group will thoroughly investigate your case, protect your rights, and pursue a legal claim on your behalf.
While money cannot restore the life of a loved one, it can free you from worry over bills and expenses. Our law firm can help you during this difficult time.
Understanding wrongful death and survival actions in California
If your family member died as a result of the neglect of someone else, a wrongful death action can be filed to obtain money damages from the person or party at fault. According to law, damages awarded in a wrongful death case “may be just,” and can include:
Funeral and burial expenses
Future wages of the deceased
The loss of value that the deceased contributed to the home, including chores, child-care, cleaning, repair, and other labors
Damages that reflect loss of the guidance and companionship of the deceased
In California, wrongful death actions can claim both “economic” and “non-economic” expenses. Economic damages can be calculated, such as lost wages, or medical expenses. Non-economic expenses are intangible, value-based losses.
The damages that follow a wrongful death act are calculated as of the time of the death. This means compensation amounts vary depending on the family position of the deceased. For example:
Spouse: The death of a spouse is a heavy loss for a partner, and could result in damages that include lost future financial support and services, lost companionship, consortium and guidance, and funeral expenses.
Parent: Adding to the economic damages mentioned above, if the parent of a small child is killed, a court would consider the companionship, guidance, and loss of support experienced by the child.
Children: The age of a child when deceased is an important factor in determining potential economic losses to a parent. This and other factors including the dependency of a parent on an adult child are considered by the court.
In addition to a wrongful death suit, it is important to understand that you may be able to bring a survival action under California law.
If your loved one did not die immediately, but survived the event that ultimately caused their death, your personal injury attorney may recommend pursuing a survival action to obtain expenses, losses, and damages that the deceased might have recovered had they survived their injury.
Trusted California wrongful death law firm fights for compensation on your behalf
With more than 30 years of successful legal experience in Santa Barbra and surrounding areas, Bertling Law Group delivers dedicated legal service to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf. When you are injured, or if you suffer the loss of a loved one, contact us at 844-295-7558 today.