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California law defines wrongful death as any death that is caused without legal justification. A negligent driver who kills someone in a traffic accident has caused a wrongful death.
While most Contra Costa County wrongful deaths are caused by traffic accidents, wrongful deaths can also be caused by other acts of negligence. When a child drowns in a neighbor's uncovered swimming pool or when a broken stair railing contributes to a deadly fall, the victim's family is entitled to bring a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death lawyer can assess the facts and determine whether the family of a deceased victim is entitled to compensation.
Who Receives Compensation for a Walnut Creek Wrongful Death?
Family members who can recover wrongful death compensation include the deceased's spouse or domestic partner, living children, and the children of any deceased child. Parents and stepchildren of the deceased can receive compensation if they were dependent on the victim for financial support.
Other family members or dependents may also be entitled to compensation, depending on the circumstances. Attorney Michael Rehm can help families understand their entitlement to pursue a wrongful death claim.
What Compensation Is Available for a Wrongful Death?
Relatives who are eligible to sue for wrongful death can recover the value of the financial and nonfinancial contributions the deceased victim would have made to them if the victim had not died. Financial contributions include the financial support and gifts the victim would have provided to the family members. Nonfinancial contributions include the value of maintaining the home, doing laundry, and performing other tasks that the victim will no longer be able to do for the family.
Nonfinancial contributions include the deceased's love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support. Attorney Michael Rehm can help families understand how those losses are valued. For more information, call (925) 705-8707.
Attorney Michael Rehm
2950 Buskirk Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Phone: (925) 705-8707