Many attorneys throughout California have already begun investigating the causes of the historic wildfires. A suit has been filed against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on behalf of 50 fire victims who suffered significant damages. The suit includes wrongful death, property damages, loss of possessions, medical costs, among other things. Although no amount of compensation can restore everything lost, it is important that the irresponsible parties are held accountable for the damages devastating the region.
It is possible that PG&E has played a role in causing the wildfires. The attorneys representing fire victims believe PG&E should be held accountable for the devastation and compensate the injured victims as well as surviving families for all their losses. In order to expedite the process, they have hired investigators and other experts. Many communities may have to deal with the effects of the wildfires unless somebody does something to correct the situation. So far, more than 210,000 acres are devastated and about 8,400 properties are completed destroyed.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California
A wrongful death lawsuit is filed when a party is responsible for the victim’s death and the surviving family seeks compensation for all losses. A wrongful death lawsuit requires some elements such as the death being caused by the at-fault party’s wrongful actions. Whether it was intentional or negligent, these types of cases require the help of a California wrongful death attorney.
Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
1 Surviving family such as a spouse, domestic partner, and children.
2 Individuals entitled to succeed the deceased’s assets.
3 Other qualifying relatives or individuals affected by a death.
Although more than one individual can file a death claim, the same attorney can represent every qualifying party affected by the wrongful death.
Wrongful Death Damages
The typical damages in a death claim include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover monetary losses such as financial support provided by victims before their death, future income, and also burial expenses. The non-economic damages include losses caused by death such as loss of companionship, and love. Damages such as the deceased’s pain, suffering, and medical bills are not recoverable. Survivors are not compensated for the natural grief caused by their loved one’s death. You can file a wrongful death claim within 2 years of the death or 6 months if a government entity was responsible for the death.
Claim Your Rights
We understand the hardship your family is facing right now. This is why we are dedicated to alleviate the financial burdens of grieving families in California and ensure they receive fair compensation during their time of need. We want to discourage other parties from behaving similarly in the future. To speak to one of our expert wrongful death attorneys in California, call us today and schedule a private consultation. Our attorneys also work in other personal injury areas such as medical malpractice, and product liability.