Losing a loved one in an accident or due to someone else's negligence is a tough situation. After you get over the initial shock and upset, you may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This holds the person responsible for your loved one's death and can help you recover damages. While getting money will not bring your loved one back, it can help to lessen the burden. California restricts who can file a wrongful death suit to only those who were reliant on the person financially in some way. So, it makes sense that you would benefit from receiving damages in a law suit.
Riding on a boat on waters off the coast of California should be an enjoyable time for you and your family. You want to be confident that your boating experience will be free of tragedy. Sadly, this is not always the case, as accidental deaths can occur if a person falls off a boat and drowns or by sustaining an injury on the boat itself. In such a situation, you may wonder who should be held liable for the wrongful death of your loved one.
The road is sometimes a dangerous place in California. Accidents that happen on the roadways are often covered by insurance companies but sometimes these amounts might fall short of expectations. Other times, it could be that the case is more complicated.
Your own injuries are often things that are inherently easy to understand and process. If you broke your arm, for example, you might seek medical attention, process your doctor's diagnosis and, if applicable, seek compensation from the party responsible for the event. Many of these accidents happen every day in California. While they are serious matters, your own injuries would rarely be as confusing and enraging as those that affect your loved ones.
Sharing the road with semi-trucks is an unavoidable part of life for residents of California, but when cars and commercial trucks collide, the drivers and passengers in the smaller vehicles are typically those that suffer most. Commercial truck-involved crashes often have devastating consequences, and in many cases, they lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. When the drivers of those semi-trucks are abusing drugs and alcohol before getting behind the wheel, such crashes become even more likely.
A wrongful death lawsuit is typically filed following the death of a loved one due to the negligence of another. Yet what happens if your family member or friend is seriously injured in an accident, and then succumbs to those injuries weeks, months or even years later. Many come to us here at Kampf, Schiavone & Associates concerned that their lack of action during the time interval between the event that caused their loved one's injuries and the date of their deaths disqualifies them from filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you share the same concern, you should know that there is still legal recourse available to you in the form of a survival action.
There are few things more distressing than the loss of a loved one, especially if it occurred suddenly. If you have reason to feel partly responsible for the circumstances that led to the loss, such as placement in a nursing home, then it could alleviate your conscience to know that the fault might not be yours at all. The California legal system is set up to investigate these events, and processing your loss through the law could lead to closure as well as your receipt of proper compensation for your loss.
Losing someone you care about is never easy. However losing someone when you have entrusted that individual's care to a responsible professional organization has the potential to be even more distressing. Luckily, California law would offer you some recourse should the unthinkable happen to a relative of yours in a nursing home.
If you have received a wrongful death settlement in California, it is likely a large chunk of money. One thing that may come up is if you need to pay taxes on that money. It is money received and not earned, but are settlements like this taxable? The IRS rules can be quite confusing for your average person, so here's a look at things in layman's terms.
Wrongful deaths occur in various ways and we have talked about many of them on our blog. In some instances, a person may pass away due to a defective product or an accident that happened in the work place because of someone else's negligence. However, there are some people who are particularly vulnerable, such as elderly folks and those who live in assisted living care facilities, whose lives are lost because of negligence and carelessness. If your loved one passed away in a nursing home and you believe that their death occurred because of an employee's poor behavior, you may want to look into the case further and pursue the justice your loved one deserves.