Wrongful Death Lawyer Los Angeles

People who have been injured because of the negligent acts of another person have a legal right to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation. Likewise, the surviving family members of a person who is killed because of the negligent acts of someone else have the right to file a wrongful death claim in the state of California. However, not every injury or death warrants a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Personal Injury in California

If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dog bites
  • Construction accidents
  • Product liability
  • Train accidents

Our experienced team of attorneys can handle any type of personal injury claim, even if it is not listed above. If you would like to discuss your case, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley today. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Negligence and Personal Injury Law

To get a better understanding of personal injury law, it’s important to understand the concept of negligence. You must be able to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. So what is negligence? It involves these four elements:

  • Duty: The defendant had an obligation to avoid injuring others or putting them in harm’s way. Every individual has some duty of care towards others. For example, drivers have a duty to make responsible choices so they do not injure other people on the road.
  • Breach: The defendant failed to fulfill this duty by acting carelessly.
  • Causation: The defendant’s failure to fulfill the duty caused your injuries.
  • Damages: You are able to prove that you were injured as a result of the defendant’s negligence.

A personal injury attorney can help you prove these four elements of negligence so you can recover the compensation you deserve.

Wrongful Death in California

If your loved one is killed because of the negligence of another person, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death can occur in a number of different ways. One example is someone who is killed in a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver. In this case, the driver acted negligently by choosing to drive while intoxicated, so he may be held liable in a wrongful death claim. Some other common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Criminal acts

At Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley, we handle all types of wrongful death claims. If your loved one’s life has been cut short because of someone’s negligence, let us help you seek justice on his or her behalf.

Filing A Wrongful Death Claim in California

In California, the only people who are able to file a wrongful death claim are the victim’s spouse, domestic partner, or children. In some cases, the victim’s parents or siblings would also be able to file a wrongful death claim as well. The claim must be filed within two years of the victim’s death otherwise you may lose your right to take legal action against the defendant.

The surviving family members may be able to recover compensation from the defendant in a wrongful death claim. Compensation is never a guarantee—but it’s possible that you could be awarded damages for funeral expenses, lost income, loss of anticipated financial support, and emotional pain and suffering.

If you would like to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, don’t hesitate to contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley today to discuss your legal options with our experienced team of attorneys.

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