California Wrongful Death Lawyers
More than $100 Million Recovered for California Clients
Losing a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another is a life-changing event. Such an incident brings trauma to your entire family and the shock, loss, and grief can be devastating. When the deceased was a primary wage earner, it also can bring additional financial stress.
At Marcereau & Nazif, we know that nothing we can do can bring back your loved one. However, we can work to ensure that you are compensated for the losses and damages you have suffered through no fault of your own. Our California wrongful death attorneys are well-versed in the law and have the skills and experience to provide strong representation at this difficult time.
California’s Wrongful Death Law
Wrongful death claims are based on the concept that, had the deceased person lived, he or she would have had cause to file a personal injury claim. Since the injuries proved fatal, family members left behind are given the right to take legal action.
Under California law, you can file a wrongful death claim if you are:
- The deceased’s surviving spouse or domestic partner
- The deceased’s surviving child
- Anyone who would have a right to the deceased’s estate, such as parents or siblings
- Financially dependent upon the deceased person, any putative spouse, children, stepchildren, or parents
Damages in a wrongful death claim include those for the deceased person’s estate as well those awarded to family members. Estate damages can include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses incurred for the deceased person’s accident or illness, and the lost income that the deceased person would have earned had he or she survived. Family member damages can include the loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and loss of household services.
Bring Your Case to Our Trial-Tested Legal Team
In California, you have two years from the date of the wrongful death to file your claim. At Marcereau & Nazif, you can rely on a team with a 99% success rate in obtaining financial recoveries. Learn more about your case and how we can help by scheduling a free consultation with us today.