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When a victim of an accident sustains serious or permanent injuries, they can sue the parties responsible for their injuries to recover money to compensate them for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other forms of damages. However, when the victim does not survive the accident, they do not have the opportunity to be compensated for their loss. Because of this, our laws provide a way for the family of the victim to pursue the claims themselves, and these claims are known as wrongful death claims. The attorneys at The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Smith have experience representing wrongful death claimants and can represent you or your family in your wrongful death claim.

California Wrongful Death Laws

The laws differ from state to state regarding which individuals have a right to pursue a wrongful death claim after an individual’s death. In California, the right to maintain a wrongful death claim passes to the victim’s surviving spouse, children, dependent parents and dependent stepchildren or minors who had been living in the victim’s household for at least six months. If none of those individuals exist, the suit can still be maintained by whoever would be in line to inherit the victim’s estate under California law.

Our legal system is still designed to provide compensation to those individuals who are most closely affected by the wrongful death of the victim. The legal system does this by providing monetary compensation to the family of the victim to compensate for their losses, including lost financial support, loss of benefits, and even funeral and burial expenses. Our personal injury attorneys have experience litigating wrongful death claims and will do everything in their power to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for your loss.

Contact One of the Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys in Our Office Today

If you have lost a spouse or family member in an accident or as a result of the wrongful act of another party, you may have a legal claim for their wrongful death. Contact an experienced attorney at The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Smith today to have your case reviewed for free, and to determine how you should proceed with your claim.