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Wrongful Death

The unexpected and sudden loss of a loved one is a shatteringly painful experience. Even more painful is knowing the loss could have been avoided, as in the cases of wrongful deaths. Wrongful death is death caused by a breach of the law, often due to a person's negligence or recklessness. Take for example, driving. As drivers, we have a duty to take reasonable care behind the wheel. Failure to stop at a red light or abide by the speed limit is negligent. Such disregard for civil procedure results is tragic consequences, leaving families in utter shock. If your loved one is the victim of wrongful death, as a surviving family member, you may be afforded compensation. The California wrongful death statute allows only certain survivors to bring cause of action. To find out if you can bring suit for your loved one's death contact the Genesis Law Group today.

Wrongful deaths may also be caused by illegal actions. For example, a food manufacturer that produces a product gravely affecting consumer health, may be liable for the deaths of those consumers regardless if the manufacturer took reasonable care in their production. The reason is that the law holds makers of consumer products to higher standards; any death from that food poisoning could still be considered a wrongful death. Intentional criminal behavior can also result in a wrongful death.

Because wrongful death actions are exercised by surviving affiliates of the victim, damages awarded to wrongful death cases serve to compensate the losses of the plaintiff rather than the deceased. Normal personal injury remedies are not automatically granted to wrongful death plaintiffs. Medical expenses incurred by the victim are not awarded to plaintiffs. Instead, damages available range from financial support that would otherwise have been provided by the deceased, funeral expenses and even punitive damages.

Albeit financial compensation can hardly soothe the pain of a family's loss, following suit against the liable party can provide justice and closure. Wrongful death claims are very complex cases that require a delicate understanding yet an affirmative litigation approach. You can count on the Genesis Law Group to get you through these tough times.