The loss of a loved one can be very difficult to overcome. When caused by negligence, these matters are even worsened. It often puts the family in a difficult position, often shocked and unsure of what they can do next expect but to grieve.
While grieving is important, and you may not want to think about any other situations, one thing that is very important is understanding who can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party, and why it is so important for the family to do so.
The Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner
The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the deceased party may file a wrongful death lawsuit to help seek damages associated with the loss. This can includes the expenses they paid for the funeral or medical costs, as well as losses they experienced from the potential of lost future earnings.
The Surviving Children
This is important as children are often dependent on their parents for a number of things. For some, when a child loses a parent to wrongful death, taking legal action means seeking damages for lost financial support, as well as lost guidance, love, and affection.
The Parties Who May Be Entitled to the Intestate Succession
In some situation, the deceased party may not have a surviving party in line of descent—no surviving spouses or children. In this case, there are other parties who may bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit, such as those would generally be entitled to intestate succession.
This includes the parents and siblings of the deceased party—if they are still alive.
Some special situations may allow other individuals who are financially dependent on the decedent to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes stepchildren and a putative spouse and the children of the putative spouse.
At Shoop APLC, our dedication lies in helping families in their times of need. Losing a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence is an unfortunate situation that nobody should have to deal with alone, and we’re here to help.
Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys make sure you understand what rights you have and how to protect them during this complex legal matter. We’re ready to stand by your side every step of the way so you can focus on your family while we focus on your legal matters.