If a family member is killed because of another person’s negligence, this is a Wrongful Death. Your family, as next of kin, may be entitled to compensation for the loss of your loved one.

People who are “Next of Kin” for purposes of being able to recover compensation for wrongful death are: spouses, children, parents, domestic partners, and siblings. 

Your lawyer will be able to tell you who the next of kin are in your particular situation, and will also be able to explain the order of priority for each person’s claim.

HOW I CAN HELP YOU:

If you have a valid wrongful death claim, and if you are next of kin to the deceased, you may be entitled to compensation for:

Funeral and burial expenses, Medical expenses incurred prior to death, Loss of the decedent’s income, Loss of child support and household support, Loss of retirement and medical benefits, Pain and suffering, Loss of consortium (available only to the surviving spouse or domestic partner)

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR FILING MY CLAIM?

YES! This time limit, called the statute of limitations, will depend on the specific circumstances of your claim—the state in which the accident occurred, how it happened, who is involved, and other factors. Claims against most governmental entities in California must be filed with the correct agency within 6 months of the date of loss. This is why you must immediately contact an attorney when you feel that you have been injured by someone else’s actions. Your attorney will be able to determine the statute of limitations for your case and whether there is still time to make a claim.