When someone else’s negligence results in the death of an individual, that individual’s family is entitled to recover damages for their loss. Damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit or settlement include the financial support that the deceased would have contributed to the family and the loss of the decedent’s love, companionship, comfort, care, protection, and affection (damages for pain and suffering, also sometimes referred to as emotional distress damages).
Wrongful Death Settlements and Verdicts
Our skilled attorneys have received large, multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of families who have retained our legal services.
AlderLaw goes beyond simply fulfilling our responsibility to represent our clients’ best interests. AlderLaw is proud to continue its relationship with many of these families and watch them use the proceeds of their tragedy to help their family heal and, on some occasions, to help others and effect real change in the world.
Compassionate Legal Representation for Families Involved in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
AlderLaw wrongful death attorneys have represented many families who have lost one or more loved ones due to someone else’s negligence. We understand that no amount of money can ever compensate someone for the loss of a loved one, so we work hard to get you the justice and maximum possible compensation for your loss and damages in wrongful death lawsuits and settlements.
We understand that you may still be grieving from your loss, but it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after the wrongful death of a loved one. Insurance companies and other responsible parties will be looking for ways to build their own case, which may even include blaming the victim. You need an attorney to preserve and collect valuable evidence to support your case and collect valuable information or interview witnesses as soon as time permits.
State laws vary as to who may pursue a wrongful death claim. Generally, it is the immediate family members (spouses, children and parents); however, some states allow grandparents, legal dependents or members of the extended family to file suit. The amount of damages awarded will depend on the plaintiff’s relationship to the deceased, while the compensation for damages may include compensation for the following:
- Reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the negligence;
- Reimbursement for the loss of any future income;
- Reimbursement for property damage, if applicable;
- Reimbursement for any future services normally provided to you by the person who has died;
- Reimbursement for loss of consortium, meaning a spouse’s right to the companionship, help and affection from the person who has died; and
- Reimbursement for any punitive damages if the negligence was found to be criminal.
A wrongful death — one that was caused by someone else’s negligence or misconduct — is especially hard for the families who must carry on. Losing a loved one results in more than the emotional impact; families must also contend with loss of income, loss of support, and costs related to the death. If you are considering legal action related to a wrongful death, the experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at AlderLaw can help you navigate the legal system and get the best results during this difficult time.
Our cases are handled by a team of professionals, including nurses, doctors, engineers and other experts. State-of-the-art technology is also utilized to effectively present claims. The wrongful death attorneys at AlderLaw have been helping people who have lost loved ones and family due to negligence for years. Our firm’s mission is to help individuals and families that have experienced loss and devastation as a result of wrongful death find justice, compassion and closure. If you feel you have the basis for a wrongful death suit, contact us at 310.274.9131 for a confidential case evaluation.