Sunday, March 15, 2015

When to Hire a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyer

When a personal injury caused the death of another individual, a living relative may file for a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Even victims of who suffered financial support from the deceased also have the right to file wrongful death. Employers are mostly charged with wrongful death cases.

Any kind of accident that resulted in death constitute a wrongful death claim, which may include workplace disasters, medical malpractice, and vehicular accidents. To show culpability or guilt in the lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the actions or behavior of the accountable body brought about the victim’s death. Most wrongful death suits are resolved with monetary compensations; however, claimants may seek non-monetary damages, as well. 

Monetary Compensation

A certain amount of cash or payment is often agreed upon to settle wrongful death cases, which is usually equivalent to how much the deceased might have made in his work life. For decedents with an immediate family, this would include the age of legal dependents or children at the time of death. Other monetary damages that loved ones may receive include funeral expenses and medical bills.  

Non-Monetary Compensation 

Non-monetary damages can be quite difficult to determine for it represents intangible items like loss of love and companionship. To obtain this type of compensation, the plaintiff requires to have an emotional testimony of witnesses to demonstrate the great loss of the aggrieved.

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