The untimely death of a loved one is often considered a tragedy. Along with the grief and emotional turmoil the family is experiencing comes the questions of what happened and why. The California family is often left to struggle with what has happened. Depending upon the circumstances, it is possible that the individual who caused the death may face criminal charges. Separately, if the death was due to the negligence of another individual, the victim's family may decide to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Many times when one thinks of a wrongful death claim, he or she is seeking to replace the financial contribution that the victim made to the family. However, the family wage earner is not the only one who contributes to the family. A spouse who works within the home is also a vital, contributing member of the family. As such, it is also possible to pursue a wrongful death claim when the victim is not a wage earning member of the family.
There are also instances in which the victim is a child or elderly individual. This can often raise questions regarding the contribution that this individual makes to the family. However, again, depending upon the circumstances, it may be possible to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Accidents happen quickly, and unfortunately sometimes they take the life of another. When such an accident or incident is the result of another's negligence, this individual can be held responsible. An experienced attorney can review the situation and help guide one through the process of pursuing a wrongful death claim within the California court system.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Wrongful Death FAQ", Accessed on May 19, 2017