Damages Available in a California Wrongful Death Claim

At Tedford & Associates, we have blogged before about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. But what compensation is available to surviving family members?

When an individual dies as the result of the wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity, their close family members may file a claim for damages against the at-fault party (the “defendant”). “Damages” cover any financial losses the family of the deceased has endured or will suffer because of their loved one’s death.

Though several categories of damages are available to those who file a wrongful death claim in California, the specific amounts involved will depend on the facts of an individual case. Factors that may affect how much in damages you are entitled to receive include the decedent’s salary, the assets possessed by the defendant, how much medical care the decedent required before their passing, and so on.

Damages that the surviving family members of the deceased may be able to claim include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses to lay their loved one to rest
  • Medical and hospital bills incurred by the deceased before their passing
  • Estimated income the deceased would reasonably have been expected to earn had they lived
  • The value of household services the deceased provided prior to their death

The surviving family members may also receive a sum of money to cover non-economic losses, such as the loss of love, affection, moral support, and guidance the deceased would have provided had they lived.

To get a more precise estimate of the damages you and your family are entitled to, consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in your area. Anyone with a background in successfully settling such cases on behalf of their clients can provide valuable insight into your claim and even take care of the process of submitting it on your behalf.

Our Pasadena wrongful death attorneys understand the grief and agony you are experiencing. We are standing by to help when you are ready to consult with an attorney about your case and will do everything we can to guide you through this ordeal with compassion and care.

Reach out to our law firm to discuss your situation with our experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorneys. The initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation. Hablamos Español.


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