California Wrongful Death Claims: The Basics
${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Why Choose GB&W? results | reputation | resources
866-738-0973
Email Us
California Wrongful Death Claims: The Basics

A wrongful death claim is a type of lawsuit filed by the heirs of a person killed by the negligence or intentional act of another.

Wrongful death claims can arise out of a variety of situations including traffic accidents, harmful products, workplace injuries, and intentional injuries such as shootings.

Under the California Code of Civil Procedure section 377.60, a wrongful death claim can be asserted by a variety of people, including:

  • Spouses and domestic partners
  • Children and grandchildren
  • Other heirs who "would have been entitled to property of the decedent by intestate succession"
  • Dependents, including stepchildren and parents

The elements of a wrongful death action generally mirror those of a tort (civil wrong) case, such as negligence and resulting death.

There are a variety of damages available to plaintiffs in wrongful death cases, including loss of love and support. Although filing a wrongful death claim cannot bring back a loved one, many clients pursue wrongful death claims in order to send a strong message against whomever caused the death and to prevent others from being harmed by that person or entity.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Super Lawyers American Association For Justice Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News 2016 Best Lawyers | Lawyer of the Year 2010 The Inner Circle of Advocates | 7 Law Dragon Legal Leaders | Top Rated Lawyers 2015 | AV Preeminent 2015 California's Top Ranked Law Firms | AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings Why Do These Logos Matter? Learn More.

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.