A wrongful death occurs when a person dies because of another person’s fault or negligence. You have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit for claiming the losses caused by such a death of your close family member. Even though money won’t compensate for the loss of your loved one, it will be a huge relief for you to continue with your life if you were financially dependent on the deceased person.
Based on the laws in California, the immediate family members of a deceased person will have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the court. If you are not aware of the procedure related to filing such a claim, it is better to consult an injury lawyer who can help you to file a lawsuit in the court on your behalf.
Parties That Can Bring A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The heirs or the immediate family members of a deceased person are allowed to bring a lawsuit in the court for claiming money to compensate for the losses created by his/her death. The parties listed below have the right to file a claim in case of the wrongful death of a person:
- The spouse of the deceased person
- The children of the deceased person
- Stepchildren of the deceased person (if they were dependent on that person for living)
- Parents of the deceased person (if they were dependent on that person for support)
- The representative of the deceased person’s estate
- The children of the deceased person’s child (if that child is not alive)
- The siblings or other relatives of the deceased person (if that person has no surviving children)
- The surviving spouse from a dissolved marriage if he/she was dependent on the deceased person for support
- The deceased person’s domestic partner if the partnership was legally registered
Is It Possible To Bring Multiple Wrongful Death Lawsuits For The Same Death?
No. The laws and regulations existing in California do not allow the filing of multiple wrongful death lawsuits for the same case. However, more than one person can take part in the same lawsuit who are represented by the same attorney or different personal injury lawyers.
Is Survivorship Claim The Same As A Wrongful Death Claim?
Survivorship claim is entirely different from a wrongful death claim, but both of these claims are brought together. If the reason for the death is another person’s negligence or fault, a survivorship claim will allow you to claim money for various expenses that the deceased person has incurred before the death including medical bills, ambulance charges, loss of pay, etc.