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Potential compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit

When a tragic death occurs in California, the family of the deceased must often deal with both financial and emotional challenges. The attorneys at Harting, Simkins and Ryan have seen how difficult this can be for grieving relatives. For this reason, we work tirelessly to determine whether such families have viable wrongful death claims.

Successfully litigating wrongful death issues may provide compensation that can ease the financial burdens surrounding an untimely death. This allows these families to focus on healing instead of worrying about paying the bills.

Compensation for wrongful death may address quantifiable losses, such as medical bills, funeral costs and the deceased’s lost wages. In addition, damages may be awarded for emotional trauma suffered by the family. This may include pain and suffering and emotional distress.

One type of emotional distress compensation that may be pursued in wrongful death claims is loss of consortium. According to the Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, this type of claim may be initiated by the spouse of a deceased victim. The damages awarded for loss of consortium are meant to address the lost emotional relationship between the deceased and the surviving spouse.

Wrongful death claims may be available to those who have lost a relative due to the negligence of another person or a business entity. Although it is impossible to rectify the traumatic effect of an untimely death, taking such legal action may help to alleviate financial stressors. In addition, it may provide the closure these families need in order to move on with their lives. 

To learn more about pursuing litigation after a fatal accident, please see our page on wrongful death. 

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