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Glendale Wrongful Death Lawyers

Seeking Maximized Compensation for Family Survivors Throughout California

The death of a family member can be traumatizing for anyone. However, when such deaths occur suddenly, unpredictably, and due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another, they can be particularly devastating to spouses, children, and others within the family dynamic. 

As someone who has lost a loved one in such circumstances, you may be overwhelmed by loss and grief as well as the injustice of a senseless death. At Hartounian, APLC, our legal team is here to help you seek the compensation you need and deserve as a form of justice in such crushing circumstances. 

We understand that no amount of compensation can replace the loss of a loved one; however, your claim can provide needed financial resources at such a difficult time and may help give you a measure of closure and peace as you move forward. 

Request a free consultation with a Glendale wrongful death attorney by calling (818) 463-1917 or contacting us online.

What Is a Wrongful Death in California?

Wrongful death in California is defined as a death that results from the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate action of another. Common causes of wrongful death claims include car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability incidents, criminal attacks, and falls

These tragic losses not only bring emotional devastation but also significant financial uncertainty to surviving family members, especially when the deceased was a breadwinner or provided parenting and family household services. California law allows certain family survivors to seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death claim.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

The following individuals or their representatives can file a wrongful death claim:

  • Surviving spouses or domestic partners
  • Children of the deceased
  • Grandchildren of the deceased if the children are deceased
  • Any other minor children, such as stepchildren, who depended on the deceased for economic support
  • Individuals entitled to the deceased’s property under state law regarding intestacy (inheritance laws when an individual dies without a valid will)

Compensation Available in Wrongful Death Claims

The types of compensation family members may be awarded in these cases include economic and non-economic damages. 

Economic damages include those verifiable by invoices and receipts, such as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses: Out-of-pocket costs paid for the deceased's funeral service, burial, or cremation.
  • Loss of income: The present value of the wages, benefits, and other earnings the deceased would reasonably have been expected to earn if they had not died.
  • Medical expenses related to the injury before death: Hospital bills, medication costs, and any other healthcare expenses incurred due to the injury that led to death.
  • Loss of potential inheritance: The value of what the decedent would likely have saved and left to heirs if they had lived an average expected lifetime.

Non-economic damages account for the subjective, non-tangible losses the deceased's survivors suffered. These can include:

  • Loss of companionship and support: The emotional pain and suffering caused by the absence of the deceased's love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, advice, and guidance.
  • Loss of consortium: For the surviving spouse or partner, this refers to losing the deceased's love, companionship, comfort, care, intimacy, and moral support.
  • Loss of parenting guidance: For children of the deceased, this includes the loss of parental nurturing, education, guidance, and emotional support.
  • Mental and emotional distress: Compensation for the grief, sorrow, and mental anguish suffered by the survivors due to the untimely death.
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The Importance of Wrongful Death Representation

Handling a wrongful death claim requires a detailed understanding of the law, a strategic approach to litigation, and compassion for those seeking justice. At Hartounian, APLC, our Glendale wrongful death attorneys can provide indispensable legal support to clients by leveraging our comprehensive knowledge of the statutes and precedents that impact these claims. 

From filing the claim to negotiating settlements or representing you in court, our attorneys can manage every aspect of your case. We work to maximize compensation with an accurate assessment of your claim’s value and aggressive case preparation and presentation. 

We understand the emotional challenges of these claims and can handle the legal battle while providing emotional support during this difficult time. Securing the services of our highly qualified team can significantly affect the outcome of your case. 

Secure your free consultation by reaching us via our online contact form or calling (818) 463-1917

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