Campbell Wrongful Death Attorneys

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If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or recklessness of another person, call 800.900.0863 to reach Caputo & Van Der Walde and our wrongful death lawyers in Campbell, California. We know that you are probably not in the mindset to deal with legalities and paperwork, so we make every effort available to do everything we can for you throughout your case. Our two priorities are your comfort and your financial recovery following such a devastating loss.


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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in California

In California, only certain family members and closely associated individuals can file a wrongful death claim after a loved one passes away. The court will also prioritize claims based on who filed it, not necessarily when it was filed, and select the most legitimate claim. In other words, if a loved one dies due to the negligence of a third party, only one wrongful death claim can be filed against them; any damages collected as a result of that claim, either through verdict or settlement, will likely be distributing among all parties that attempted to file.

People who can file a wrongful death claim in California are the decedent’s surviving:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children

If there is no surviving family member that fits into any of these aforementioned categories, anyone who has been named in the decedent’s estate plan, or likely would have been had one been created, can petition to file a wrongful death claim. This broad category can include siblings, stepchildren, adopted children, putative spouse, and so on.

Damages that can be collected and distributed by a wrongful death claim include:

  • Costs associated with funeral and burial services
  • Medical costs related to decedent’s final injury or illness
  • Income the decedent should have earned in their lifetime
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Value of household services typically contributed each year
  • Loss of advice or training (as in a parental figure or mentor)

Talk to Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Campbell

We understand and recognize that no amount of monetary awards can replace all that your loved one brought into the world but it is important to also realize the importance of filing a wrongful death lawsuit in search of compensation. Many people who have lost a loved one are not prepared for the financial strain that can easily follow, either from bills associated with the incident that ended their life or from the lack of their income. Nominal damages can also help surviving family members find peace of mind, knowing that litigation has led to a form of justice and closure.

Call 800.900.0863 or contact our Campbell wrongful death lawyers as soon as you are ready to begin your case.

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