After The Loss Of A Loved One, Turn To Our Experienced Firm

It is devastating to lose a loved one, especially when it is due to preventable factors such as the negligent behavior of another party. If you or your family is grieving a family member because of medical malpractice, you may have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim.

Call the Law Offices of Neil M. Howard in California at 424-259-4807 to discuss how we can help.

"Wrongful death" is a legal cause of action for the pecuniary damages suffered by certain family members of a person who has died as the result of someone else's negligence. What this means is that when a person dies as a result of medical malpractice, a lawsuit may be filed to recover the losses sustained by certain members of the deceased person's family. This includes the passing of people of all ages, including newborns. This is designed to compensate for the premature death of a loved one.

What Damages Can I Claim?

You are entitled to claim the following damages:

  • Loss of gifts or benefits
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Reasonable value of household services
  • Loss of the decedent's love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, and social and moral support
  • Loss of the decedent's financial contributions and support, household services, personal services, advice or training

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In California?

Under California law, only certain parties have the right to seek wrongful death damages for the death of a loved one. These parties include the decedent's lawful spouse, a domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the people, including a surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.

Other parties may also have a right to claim damages for "wrongful death." It is important to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney to find out if you qualify to claim damages for the wrongful death of a loved one and to understand what damages you may claim.

Protect The Interests Of Your Family Today

If you think you may have a wrongful death claim, take immediate action to protect your interests. Contact our Los Angeles office to speak with an attorney committed to the needs and rights of your family. Call 424-259-4807 or email for a free legal consultation about your case.