Wrongful Death Lawyer Los Angeles

In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, family members who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident turn to The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr. to recover in a wrongful death action for damages and losses caused by another’s negligence.

The main differences between a wrongful death action and a negligence claim for personal injury are the plaintiffs in the case and the types of damages which may be recovered.  A wrongful death action is not a lawsuit brought on behalf of the deceased accident victim; that type of case is called a survivor action, and where applicable, it is often brought along with a wrongful death claim.  In a wrongful death case, the lawsuit is brought by the aggrieved family member, and the damages sought are those injuries which are suffered personally by the surviving family member.

Contact a wrongful death lawyer in Los Angeles today for a free case evaluation.

What May Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death

Economic damages suffered by the surviving family include:

  • Burial expenses
  • Expenses for a funeral or memorial service
  • The loss of financial support that the deceased would have provided over a lifetime
  • The value of gifts the deceased would have given throughout life
  • The reasonable value of household services provided by the deceased

Non-economic damages are injuries which may not be objectively quantified, yet have a significant impact on the plaintiff nevertheless.  Examples include:

  • Loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support
  • Loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations
  • Loss of training and guidance

Who May Sue

Family members who are eligible to bring a wrongful death suit include the following:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Grandchildren if children are deceased
  • Next of kin

A putative spouse, parents, or a minor living in the household may also file a wrongful death suit if they depended on the deceased for financial support.

Los Angeles Statute of Limitations

A wrongful death suit must be instituted within two years from the date of the person’s death or it will be forever barred.  It is therefore important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.  A qualified, experienced wrongful death lawyer will make sure that any case is filed within the relevant time frame, while also preserving physical evidence and witness memories, and conducting settlement talks with the insurance company.  If you have lost a loved one to another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, contact The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr. today for effective, aggressive representation to help you recover for your losses.

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