Helping Families of Accident Victims
As you grieve your tremendous loss, the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. The Rudman Law Firm, APC understands that you are focused on grieving and supporting your family at this difficult time. Therefore, our attorneys and staff do everything we can to relieve the burden from you.
We show your family respect and privacy as we protect your rights. We preserve vital evidence and handle all the legal aspects of wrongful death compensation. Although we know that you can never be truly compensated for your devastating loss, our goal is to recover compensation so you can support and protect your family.
In addition, we hope our pursuit of justice in your case might prevent this tragedy from occurring to another family.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim
Family members have standing to bring a wrongful death claim against the person or corporation responsible for your loved one’s death. The order of precedence is similar to the right of succession under California inheritance laws. The spouse and children, and grandchildren if children are deceased, have first rights to file a claim for damages jointly and severally, meaning they share the damages. Parents are next in line to file a wrongful death lawsuit, then siblings. Next are the nieces and nephews if siblings are deceased, grandparents and then other relatives. Dependent minors may also have standing to sue.
A wrongful death claim is based on the underlying personal injury. To prevail, you must prove all elements of the personal injury and that your family member died as a result of the accident.
Just as in a personal injury case, your Los Angeles wrongful death attorney will strategically negotiate for the maximum possible settlement amount so you receive just compensation efficiently and cost-effectively. However, we are ready to take your claim to trial to demand your rightful damages if we believe you can reach better results in the courtroom.
Wrongful Death Damages
The damages our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys pursue depend upon your individual circumstances, but may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Hospital and medical bills related to your loved one’s injuries
- Lost wages resulting from the accident
- Lost future earnings of your loved one
- Loss of your future inheritance
- Healthcare, pensions and other benefits your loved one would have provided to you
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, friendship, guidance, training and advice
- Loss of services, including childcare, accounting, security, cooking and cleaning
Recover After the Loss of Your Loved One
The Rudman Law Firm, APC can assist your family with recovering damages for the wrongful death of your loved one. We offer you a free, no-risk case evaluation and consultation.
Schedule an appointment in our Encino office at (818) 769-6969 or call us toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN. Your case is handled under a contingency arrangement, which means we do not charge for attorneys’ fees until we have recovered damages.