Santa Cruz Wrongful Death Lawyers

After a wrongful death accident occurs, surviving loved ones are forced to deal with overwhelming grief and sadness but must also face a reality of economic uncertainty and financial costs stemming from the loss. Many families are left wondering how they will pay for funeral and burial costs and how they will manage with the loss of support, especially if the decedent was the bread-winner of the family and/or there were no life insurance proceeds. Fortunately, the law provides that family members who have lost a loved one are legally entitled to compensatory damages to help deal with both the emotional and financial consequences of a wrongful death.

Wrongful Death Damages

Surviving loved ones and family members are permitted to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who caused the death. There are many types of compensatory damages available but some of the main ones are funeral expenses, medical bills, emotional stress, loss of financial contribution, loss of services and support, and loss of companionship and consortium.

The wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by surviving family members or "loved ones" including step-children, financial dependents, and parents. A claim can then be brought against any party who was responsible in whole or part for the wrongful death and the more negligent parties who are held responsible may increase the value of the case. In addition, the claims which can be brought often depend on who the plaintiffs are. To ensure all negligent parties are held accountable and the best possible strategies are implemented, it is highly recommended that you retain the services of our experienced wrongful death law firm.

Help During Your Family's Time of Need

We often think of wrongful deaths as occurring in traffic accidents or malicious crimes but a wrongful death car arise in a wide variety of other ways. For example, if a mother is killed on the job because of a dangerous condition that went unattended to, the employer may be liable. If an elderly person suffered a premature death because of improper care at a hospital, then the hospital may be responsible for damages. Regardless of the circumstances, please don’t forget that if you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, you are entitled to compensation which can help in an emotionally and financially difficult time. Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP is a law firm which handles numerous wrongful death cases each year. Our attorneys will carefully examine all the details of the incident to make sure all claims are presented and all responsible parties are held accountable. The costs associated with a wrongful death should not be passed to grieving family members but should be borne by the negligent parties who allowed the incident to take place. For more information, please contact us today at (800) 900-0863. We offer free consultations and here to help you and your family through a difficult time.

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