Damages are often divided according to whether they compensate the estate for economic losses associated with the deceased’s passing, or the surviving family members for the personal losses (i.e. emotional distress) they suffer as the result of their loved one’s death. Losses typically attributed to the estate include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical and hospital bills for the decedent’s illness or injury
- Potential income the deceased person would have reasonably been expected to earn in the future had he or she lived
Losses often attributed to the surviving family members include:
- The value of any and all household services
- Loss of anticipated financial support
- Loss of love, affection, moral support, and guidance as a result of the decedent’s death
When to File a Wrongful Death Claim
California law requires wrongful death claims to be filed within two years of the date of the decedent’s passing. If the case is not submitted within this period, the family will almost certainly lose its right to file, so it is imperative to act diligently when seeking compensation for any loss, be it personal and/or economic, stemming from the death of a loved one.
If someone you know has recently died due to the negligence or misconduct of another, please contact the attorneys at Hales & Associates, Attorneys for a complimentary consultation. With over two decades’ experience representing the families of wrongful death victims, our compassionate legal team is uniquely equipped to help you obtain the outcome you deserve.