Bakersfield Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Alvandi Law Group, we understand that losing a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another can be an incredibly challenging and devastating experience. Our Bakersfield wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping families seek justice and closure after the death of a loved one.
Our team of experienced wrongful death lawyers in Bakersfield will work diligently to investigate the circumstances of the death and determine the responsible parties. We are committed to helping families seek the compensation they are entitled to, including medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
In California, wrongful death is determined based on several factors, including the cause of death, the relationship between the decedent and the parties involved, and the damages sustained by the surviving family members. Understanding what constitutes wrongful death is important, as it can help families pursue compensation for their losses.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In California, those who can file a wrongful death claim are typically the surviving spouse, children, or domestic partner of the deceased. If none of these parties exist, other family members such as siblings or parents may file the claim.
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$850,000 Roofing Injury
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- Construction Site Accident $4,400,000
- Roofing Injury $850,000
- Chemical Exposure $700,000
- Office Work Injury $700,000
- Workers' Compensation $600,000
Eligibility for a Wrongful Death Claim
To be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in California, certain criteria must generally be met:
- Legal Standing: Only specific individuals or entities have the legal standing to file a wrongful death claim (immediate family members, putative spouses, children, financial dependents, or the personal representative of the deceased person's estate).
- Wrongful Death Cause: The death must have been caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party.
- Timely Filing: In CA, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years from the date of the deceased person's death.
- Proof of Damages: The claimant must provide evidence of the damages suffered as a result of the wrongful death. This can include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and other related damages.
- Causation: It must be demonstrated that the actions or negligence of the defendant directly caused or significantly contributed to the death of the individual.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
In the state of California, there are different types of wrongful death claims that can arise from a variety of circumstances.
Our skilled wrongful death lawyers in Bakersfield have extensive experience in handling a wide range of wrongful death cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Premises liability
- Nursing home abuse
Compassionate Support Throughout the Legal Process
No amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one. However, our attorneys will fight to ensure that families receive the justice and compensation they deserve. We understand the difficult circumstances families are facing and we are here to provide compassionate, yet aggressive, legal representation. We will explain your legal options, keep you informed about the progress of your case, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact Alvandi Law Group today. Our experienced Bakersfield wrongful death attorneys are here to help.
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Can I file a car accident claim if I partially caused the crash?
In California, car accident claims are subject to the pure comparative negligence rule, which states that you can demand compensation from any party that has caused you to suffer an injury, damage, or loss. Even if you were mostly liable for the crash, you can still file a claim against the other driver.
How much time do you have to file a death benefits claim?
In California, the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims is one year from the date of the work-related accident. If you need to claim death benefits through workers’ compensation, then the statute of limitations will likely be the same one year, which is not much time. But if you are pursuing damages through a wrongful death claim filed in civil court, then the statute of limitations is two years. To be sure you do not miss any important deadlines, you should always work with an experienced attorney.
A coworker dropped a tool on my head – do I have to file a claim against them?
If your coworker is the one who hit you with a falling object, like a loose hammer or bolt, then it might be tempting to sue them directly for their negligence. However, if you have workers’ compensation insurance coverage, then you would file a claim against that instead. The purpose of workers’ comp is to get injured workers the financial benefits they need to recover from an accident without needing to worry about the who’s and why’s of the workplace accident.
Is skin cancer covered?
Recent legislative battles in California have improved workers’ compensation for various professionals who mostly work outdoors, including firefighters. Thanks to these updates, firefighters can be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they are diagnosed with skin cancer. As with PTSD-related workers’ comp claims, the claimant must receive a medical diagnosis that concludes the skin cancer was caused by their work, not due to spending time outdoors in other capacities.