Losing a loved one unexpected can be devastating in more ways than one. While money cannot bring your loved one back, it can help to ease your pain and financial struggles. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our El Monte wrongful death attorneys are here to help you during this very difficult time. We will fight to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve after your unexpected loss. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.
Options After a Fatal El Monte Accident
Just because your loved one has died doesn’t mean that the right to file a lawsuit no longer exists. In fact, there are two different claims that can be filed after a fatal accident: survival actions and wrongful death lawsuits.
Survival Actions: Survival actions are filed on behalf of the victim’s by his or her estate. These allow the estate to recover damages the victim would have been able to get had he or she survived the accident. Examples of damages available through survival actions include those for medical bills, lost income, and property damage.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Wrongful death lawsuits allow family members to receive compensation for the loss of their loved one. The damages in wrongful death claims are awarded to help grieving family members cope with their financial losses and emotional distress.
In simpler terms, survival actions are used to recover money the victim would have been entitled to get, while wrongful death claims are used to help families recover money for the personal losses they experience as the result of the sudden death of a loved one.
How Our El Monte Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You
You have the right to recover damages for the loss of your loved one. Our El Monte personal injury attorneys can help. Here’s why you should hire the attorneys at Joshua W. Glotzer, APC to handle your wrongful death case.
1. You need time and space to cope with your loss.
It’s never easy to lose someone you love. It can be even harder when the loss is very sudden. You need time to grieve and cope with your loss. Trying to navigate a complex lawsuit will simply make your life more stressful. Hiring an attorney to handle your case is the best thing you can do. At Joshua W. Glotzer, APC, our El Monte attorneys are well-versed in the law and procedure that will affect your case. We know how difficult this time is for you and will fight to maximize your financial recovery. We’ll handle the lawsuit while you take time to remember your loved one.
2. Insurance companies will fight you every step of the way.
Insurance companies are only interested in minimizing the amount of money you are able to recover. Some will deny that their client is at fault and refuse to pay anything, at all. Others will try to take advantage of your fragile emotional state and trick you into accepting a very low offer. Either way, you will have difficulty getting the money you need and deserve. The last thing these companies want is for you to hire an attorney. Our lawyers know how these companies operate and will protect you from their tactics. We will make sure that you are fairly compensated for your loss.
3. It can be hard to determine who is to blame.
In California, anyone who contributes to an accident can be liable for damages. If you don’t know who is to blame, you can’t know who to file your lawsuit against. Our attorneys will investigate your loved one’s accident and determine every cause. This will help us identify anyone who is at fault.
4. Damages can be hard to calculate.
How much is your El Monte wrongful death case worth? How should your pain and suffering be valued? How will your future financial losses be calculated? The answers to these questions require an in-depth analysis of your loved one’s accident and life. Our attorneys work with experts to make sure that all of these questions are answered in full. We will make sure that all of your damages are not only identified, but also valued properly. This is essential to making sure that you get a fair settlement offer.
Understanding Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Only certain individuals have the right to file a wrongful death claim after a fatal accident. In most situations, only those people with the closest ties to the victim will be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death claim. You may have the right to file a wrongful death claim if you were the victim’s:
- Spouse and domestic partner
- Grandchild (if the victim’s children are no longer living)
- Dependent minor who relied on the victim for at least half of all support, or
You may also have the right to file a claim if you would be entitled to some of the victim’s property under California law.
Statute of Limitations for El Monte Wrongful Death Claims
California has specific guidelines for when personal injury lawsuits can be filed. These guidelines are known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is two years. If you don’t file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you won’t be able to recover compensation for your loss. This means that you must file your wrongful death claim within two years of the date of your loved one’s accident or death.
Compensation Available to Family Members of Accident Victims
Wrongful death lawsuits allow family members to recover compensation for their own personal losses that result from a loved one’s death. In California, you are entitled to ask for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages: Economic damages help to compensate for the financial costs and losses you experience as a result of your loved one’s death. These can include compensation for:
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
- Travel and lodging for the funeral
- Medical costs you incurred before your loved one’s death
- Financial support your loved one would have contributed had they lived
- Loss of gifts and benefits, and
- The value of household services your loved one would have performed.
Non-Economic Damages: Non-economic damages help to compensate for the emotional and psychological impact of your unexpected loss. These can include compensation for the loss of:
- Sexual relations
- Moral support
- Training, and
Contact our El Monte office if you have recently lost a loved one in an accident. We will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages.
Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Our attorneys are prepared to help you file a wrongful death claim after the unexpected loss of your loved one. A wrongful death claim can be filed after any fatal El Monte accident, including:
- Car Accident
- Boating Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Bicycle Accident
- Truck Accident
- Slip and Fall Accident
- Defective Product Injury
- Medical Malpractice Injury,
- Construction Accident, and more.
Call Our El Monte Wrongful Death Attorneys
Are you struggling with the unexpected loss of a loved one after an El Monte accident? Do you need help understanding your legal rights and options? Contact the El Monte personal injury attorneys at Joshua W. Glotzer, APC for immediate assistance. We know how hard it can be to lose someone you love and are here to help you in this difficult time. Money won’t bring your loved one back, but it can help to minimize the stress you experience in the coming days and months. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.