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Wrongful Death in Northern California

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Losing a loved one, especially under tragic circumstances, is one of the most difficult experiences in any one’s life. While you and your family are coming to grips with the devastating tragedy, all of you may be financially responsible for covering all of the expenses associated with your loved one’s death, such as funeral and burial costs, as well as medical expenses prior to your loved one’s demise.

If your loved one’s death was caused by another party’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit with the legal assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Smolich & Smolich, we are committed to helping the grieving process by ensuring that the at-fault party is liable to cover all of the monetary damages your family is owed.

Who Can File a California Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim occurs when an individual dies because of the negligent actions of someone else. Only specific family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California.

The following parties of the deceased person’s estate are allowed to bring a wrongful death claim:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Surviving children
  • If they can show they were financially dependent on the deceased person, stepchildren, parents, and “putative spouse” and their children
  • Those who would be entitled to the property of the deceased party by intestate succession

Those who file a wrongful death claim are entitled to both economic (funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, lost wages, and lost potential earning capacity) and noneconomic damages (pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of anticipated financial support).

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With nearly five decades of legal experience, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of California law to guide you through the complexities of your case. Do not risk having to pay for your loved one’s funeral expenses out of your own wallet.

Contact us and discuss your legal options with Smolich & Smolich today.

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