One Of Life’s Most Traumatic Experiences – Wrongful Death
In addition to marriage, divorce, and losing a job, losing a loved one through a wrongful death is at the top of the list of traumatic experiences. This loss of a loved one can cause extreme emotional suffering in addition to financial hardship as you try to deal with the grief and anxiety from the loss. Other family members also may be facing the uncertain financial future their beloved family member has provided before their death. While death is inevitable for all of us, an unexpected or wrongful death can be an extreme shock. Read More…
Wrongful Death and Those Left Behind
If a person is killed because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others, the decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent’s death. This area of tort law is governed by statute or specific rules. A tort is a civil wrong for which the law provides a remedy. Wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, but in general they define who may sue for wrongful death and what, if any, limits may be applied to an award of damages. The standard of proof in the United States is typically preponderance of the evidence as opposed to clear and convincing or beyond a reasonable doubt.
Originally, wrongful death statutes were created to provide financial support for widows and orphans and to motivate people to exercise care to prevent injuries. A wrongful death action is separate and apart from criminal charges, and neither proceeding affects nor controls the other. This means that a defendant acquitted of murder may be sued in a civil action by the victim’s family for wrongful death. The case of O.J. Simpson is an example of this.
The most common causes of wrongful death cases include criminal acts, product liability, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, and motor vehicle accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in an automobile accident or workplace accident, or through improper medical care, a defective product or criminal act, is it important you contact an experienced wrongful death attorney immediately to ensure your legal rights are protected.
If your family has suffered a wrongful death and you need the services of a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles please contact us at (323) 947-2224 or visit the Personal Injury section on our website at the DAG Law Firm. Call today and we will connect you with Daniel A. Gibalevich, an experienced, aggressive, affordable Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles. After you have spoken with our Los Angeles Personal Injury Law attorney, we can schedule you a free face to face appointment to discuss your circumstances. If you have questions or are considering any aspect of Personal Injury Law, we can help! Call us now at (323) 947-2224. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with any and all Personal Injury Law needs.