Santa Monica Wrongful Death Lawyer

Losing a loved one is already a painful experience. The grief you’ve experienced is devastating, and the costs may make your injuries difficult to overcome. Worse, the party responsible for your loved one’s death may make it difficult to recover from your suffering. 

The lawyers at Manard Law, LLC are here to help. If you’ve suffered through a death in the family and you believe someone else was responsible for your suffering, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Talk to a Santa Monica wrongful death lawyer for help to act now on your claim

Who’s Liable for a Santa Monica Wrongful Death Claim? 

When a loved one dies because of the careless actions of another Santa Monica resident or medical professional’s negligence, you may have grounds to sue. But who’s responsible for the wrongful death of a loved one? 

The at-fault party depends on who caused the accident, and who may be liable for that. For example, your loved one may have been hit and killed by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle. That driver is then responsible for the costs of your recovery. 

But what if they were on the clock? In these cases, their employer may be responsible for the actions of their employees. Talk to your lawyer about determining the at-fault party. 

Eligibility for a Santa Monica Wrongful Death Claim 

Wrongful death claims are complex, not just in identifying the at-fault party, but also who gets to sue in this situation. Because the injured party is deceased, you may have trouble determining fault for your claim. 

Fortunately, California law spells out who’s eligible to sue clearly. Below are the parties who are eligible to sue in a wrongful death claim: 

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Children of the deceased
  • Grandchildren, if the children are deceased
  • Putative spouse 
  • Parents or legal guardians of the deceased

Compensation for Grieving California Families 

After a fatal Santa Monica accident, it’s easy to accept a low settlement offer when you don’t know how much your claim is worth. But how do you quantify all the ways the incident has negatively affected your life? 

First, you may need financial support after the wrongful death of a loved one. That includes any medical bills accrued, funeral and burial expenses, and lost wages or inheritance caused by your loss. 

You may also be eligible for compensation for the intangible suffering you experienced because of the fatal accident. For example, your life may be impacted by the grief you feel. That doesn’t have a price tag, but it does impact your quality of life. Luckily, your Santa Monica wrongful death attorney can provide you with the tools you need to calculate the value of all these losses. 

Call a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Santa Monica 

When you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s carelessness, you shouldn’t have to be worried about dealing with the aftermath of that loss. Fortunately, the lawyers at Manard Law, LLC are here to help. 

When you’re suffering after a death in the family, you don’t have to take your claim on alone. Your Santa Monica wrongful death lawyer will guide you through each step of the claim, from examining the details of the case, gathering evidence, calculating the value of your losses, to negotiating a settlement. Start with a free consultation with your lawyer when you call 504-585-7777 or fill out the online contact form below.