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If you lost a loved one in an accident, what are your options?

Losing a loved one is a traumatic event for any family, especially if the death was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. The wrongful death of a family member can lead to unexpected financial loss and emotional duress that can impact your family for years to come.

If you are grieving the death of someone in your family after an accident, you may not know you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. In certain situations, it is appropriate to move forward with a wrongful death claim in order to recoup your financial losses and hold liable parties accountable. During this difficult time, it can be beneficial for you to fully explore this legal option.

How can you know if you have a claim in California?

It is not always easy to know if you have a valid wrongful death claim. This is not an option in every situation, but it is useful to fully explore all of the choices available to you. You could have a reason to move forward with this specific course of action if you have evidence of the following:

  • Proof your love one's death was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person
  • Proof your family is suffering financial harm as a result of the accident
  • Proof your family appointed a specific person to act on behalf of the estate and remaining family members

Fatal car accidents are some of the most common reasons people file wrongful death claims, but these cases can arise out of a variety of different circumstances. It may be necessary to file a claim due to medical malpractice, criminal activity or even aviation or boating accidents.

It can be difficult to think about the right course of action during your time of grief, but your family does not have to face this alone. You have the right to seek help and guidance throughout the entire claims process.

Moving forward after loss

It is incredibly difficult to pick up the pieces and move forward after an unexpected loss. While nothing can reverse what happened or bring back your loved one, you can still move to secure rightful compensation for your losses.

In addition to your financial losses, you can seek compensation for damages such as loss of companionship, loss of income and continued emotional duress. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the specific damages you can seek through your unique claim.

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