Wrongful Death

Since 1976, the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC in Lakewood has helped many grieving families in Southern California recover money damages in wrongful death actions. Losing a loved one is a horrific experience, and while dealing with the pain of loss, family members often face new financial worries that only add to their suffering. Our attorneys are here to help you handle any legal issues related to the wrongful death of a family member so that you can focus on recovering emotionally.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim arises when person's death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or wrongful act of another. California law allows family members, including surviving spouses, domestic partners, and children, to bring an action against the responsible party to recover damages that they have personally suffered as a result of the loss.

Wrongful death claims can arise in many situations, such as automobile accidents, truck and commercial vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, or due to a dangerous premises. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by another, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. Our attorneys begin an investigation as soon as possible to preserve valuable evidence, secure witness testimony, and find the right defendants. If your loved one’s death resulted from a work-related incident, you may be entitled to death benefits under California’s workers’ compensation system. We can help you file these claims as well.

Damages You May Recover in California

An action for wrongful death in California is intended to compensate the deceased's survivors for their own losses and not the injuries of the deceased. Under California law, a wrongful death plaintiff may recover any damages that are fair under the circumstances, except for those generally recoverable in a personal injury action to compensate the injured victim for damages incurred before death. Those damages may only be recovered by a representative of the deceased's estate in a "survival action." Survivors bringing a wrongful death claim may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages, including but not limited to:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future earnings the deceased would have provided for the surviving family members
  • Lost pensions or retirement benefits
  • Loss of companionship, love, comfort, care, protection, and moral support
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of training and guidance for children
  • Mental anguish and suffering

Statute of Limitations

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, it is important to seek immediate legal representation. California's statute of limitations limits the amount of time a plaintiff can bring most claims to within two years of the date of death; otherwise your claim may be barred by statute and you will lose the opportunity to recover for your losses.

Compassionate Legal Assistance

Our firm has 35 years of legal experience guiding plaintiffs though times of great sorrow. If you have recently lost a family member in a tragic accident caused by another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct, please contact the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC and schedule a free initial consultation. Se habla español.

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