Tustin Wrongful Death Lawyer

Tustin Wrongful Death Attorney

A personal injury claim can be filed by an injured person when another party’s negligence or misconduct causes their injury. Unfortunately, there are cases where a person dies from their injuries. When this occurs, their family members can file in their place, holding the at-fault party accountable. This is a wrongful death claim. A Tustin wrongful death lawyer can aid families during this difficult time and help them get the justice they deserve.

A wrongful death claim can never make up for what a family has lost. Instead, the claim can ensure that the at-fault party is liable for their negligence, provide family members with a sense of closure, and obtain the financial support needed for them to recover and stay fiscally stable. These civil claims can recover significant financial losses that families are dealing with on top of the impossible loss of a loved one.

Tustin Wrongful Death Lawyer

Easton & Easton, LLP: Your Tustin Wrongful Death Attorneys

The attorneys at Easton & Easton, LLP, have decades of experience investigating and filing personal injury and wrongful death claims, with significant success in achieving strong results. We are proud to support families during such a hard time in their lives. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another party, we can review your options for compensation and work to secure your family the greatest amount of financial support possible.

Wrongful death claims are not easy to file or negotiate when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one and their support while facing potential medical costs. Strong legal support is essential not only to the claim’s success but also to limit your own stress. Easton & Easton, LLP, can protect your rights.

What Are Wrongful Death Claims?

A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim, and it can recover some of the same damages as a personal injury claim. However, there are many unique damages in a wrongful death case, as it primarily recovers the losses of the surviving family over the losses of the deceased. If you have lost a loved one, you could file a survival action as well as a wrongful death claim. A survival action recovers compensation on behalf of the deceased’s estate.

Wrongful death claims, like personal injury claims, require you to prove that a party is at fault for the injury and death to hold them liable. This means proving a duty of care, a breach of that duty, and a direct link between that breach and the injury or death. An individual or group does not have to intentionally plan to cause harm to be held liable. An at-fault party can also be liable for their careless or reckless actions or inaction.

You must also prove that your family suffered legally recognized damages. An experienced attorney has the necessary knowledge to help you navigate this process and file a claim. Your attorney can investigate the cause of your loved one’s death, determine if you have a valid claim, and gather the necessary evidence if you do. A personal injury attorney also has crucial resources, such as access to expert witnesses, to determine liability and cause of death.

Comparative Fault in Wrongful Death Claims

California operates under pure comparative fault laws. This means that, in a personal injury claim, you can be as much as 99% liable for your own injury and still file to recover damages. This same standard applies to wrongful death claims. If your loved one was partially at fault for the accident that led to their injury and death, this does not automatically mean that you cannot recover compensation. However, the compensation you can recover is limited.

If your loved one is deemed to be 40% liable for the accident, then the final settlement will be reduced by 40%. An attorney can review your specific situation and determine if filing a wrongful death claim is still likely to recover compensation.

FAQs for Wrongful Death Lawyers

Q: What Damages Are Available for Wrongful Death in California?

A: The damages that are available for wrongful death claims in California may include:

  • Medical bills if a deceased individual received medical care before their death
  • Reasonable funeral and burial or cremation costs
  • The deceased’s lost financial support to their family
  • The lost inheritance or benefits of the deceased
  • Lost personal support, care, and companionship of the deceased
  • The surviving family’s mental and emotional anguish
  • Any pain and suffering that the deceased may have gone through prior to their death

Q: Who Can Recover for Wrongful Death in California?

A: Surviving family members or the named personal representative of the deceased’s estate can recover for wrongful death in California. California law names specific family members who can recover wrongful death compensation. These include the deceased’s:

  • Surviving spouse or registered domestic partner
  • Surviving children or the descendants of deceased children
  • Relatives who are entitled to the estate under intestate succession if there are none of the above-surviving relatives
  • Legal guardians if the deceased’s parents would have received the estate under succession law but are deceased
  • Family who are dependent on them

Q: What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in California?

A: The statute of limitations for wrongful death in California is two years from the date of the injury, in most cases, or six months after death, whichever deadline is later. There are specific situations where different deadlines will apply. The surviving family members will likely lose their right to recover any compensation if they do not file their claim within the statute of limitations. The sooner you begin working with an attorney, the sooner you can build a strong case to file a claim.

Q: How Do I Prove Wrongful Death in California?

A: To prove wrongful death in California, you must be able to prove the following elements, which show that another party is at fault for the deceased’s death:

  1. Duty: The party had a duty of care to the deceased to act with reasonable care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The party did not uphold this duty of care through negligent action or inaction.
  3. Causation: There is a direct cause between this breach of duty of care and the injuries and resulting death of the deceased.
  4. Damages: The surviving family members suffered damages as a result.

Legal Support for Your Family

Easton & Easton, LLP, can answer your questions about wrongful death claims and help you determine your next steps. Contact our firm today.

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I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

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My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
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Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

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