In Southern California, an unarmed, mentally ill man was shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department recently, claiming the man was “making suspicious movements.” The man was shot three times when he grabbed one of the police officers and now the family of the deceased 25-year old has filed a lawsuit claiming police negligence and seeking damages for wrongful death.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as a death caused by another person’s negligence or criminal act. The family of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit to claim compensations for things like:
- Medical/Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Recovery of lost wages, including the deceased’s future potential income earnings
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in the State of California is two years. If the lawsuit is not filed within that timeframe, then it cannot be brought against the negligent person.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
Each case is different, but some types of wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Residents killed in a house that was built unsafely by a contractor
- Pedestrians hit and killed by a drunk driver
- A doctor who failed to inform a patient of a terminal cancer and the patient dies
- A pharmaceutical company produces a medication that a patient takes from a suffers a permanent health condition
If you or someone you know is suffering from the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence, it is important to seek legal advice immediately because you may be entitled to compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman and Rowley LLP focus our efforts on wrongful death cases and we have assisted many of our clients in recovering settlements to pay for funeral expenses, costly hospital bills and even recover lost wages from losing their loved one.
We welcome your call today to arrange a free consultation at (310) 273-1230.