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Wrongful Death Lawyers

Losing a loved one is always a painful experience. It can be even more devastating when your loved one’s death is due to someone else’s negligence. Our dedicated Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers help families in California, Nevada, and Texas seek justice for the loss of their loved ones.

We Represent Families in Los Angeles California, Nevada, and Texas

If you believe your loved one’s death resulted from another person or entity’s negligence, do not wait to contact our experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys for a free consultation. We have office locations in California, Nevada, and Texas, and we may be able to help you.

Unfortunately, in addition to the devastating emotional toll, without your loved one’s support, you and your family may face financial hardship too. You may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Though financial compensation does not negate your loss, it may ease your financial burden and hold the responsible party accountable.

During a no-risk consultation, we can discuss your unique situation and determine whether you may have a viable wrongful death claim. If we can help you with your case, we will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party accountable. Call Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys at (888) 779-1180 or contact us online.

Examples of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle

At Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys, we represent families who have lost loved ones in various types of accidents. Some examples of wrongful death cases we often handle include claims arising from:

 

The list above includes a few examples of how wrongful death can occur. If another person or entity’s negligence or misconduct resulted in losing your loved one, you might have a viable wrongful death claim.

Consider discussing your family’s unique situation with a wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles from our firm. Our firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options and determine whether we can help you seek the justice you deserve.

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

California, Nevada, and Texas each have their own definitions of wrongful death. However, generally, it is recognized as the death of a person from the wrongful act or negligence of another. In the event of wrongful death, surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for monetary damages related to the loss of their loved one through a civil lawsuit.

Each state also establishes who qualifies to file a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one. Depending on your state, eligible individuals may include, but are not limited to, the deceased person’s:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Personal representative of their estate

 

Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys can review your case and determine whether you can sue for wrongful death according to your state’s laws.

What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Case?

The damages you may be able to obtain depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your case. However, common damages in a wrongful death case include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support that the decedent would have provided, such as earnings and benefits
  • Loss of household services that the decedent provided, such as childcare and maintenance
  • Spouse or domestic partner’s loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship, love, and emotional support from the decedent

How to Prove a Wrongful Death Claim

If someone else’s negligence resulted in the death of your loved one, you may have a viable wrongful death claim. You may be able to recover financial compensation and hold the responsible party accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit.

However, to bring a successful wrongful death lawsuit, you must establish that certain factors exist. These elements include:

  • Duty of care. First, you must establish that the defendant owed the decedent a duty of care. A duty of care means the defendant had a legal obligation to act in a reasonably cautious or prudent manner to avoid causing harm to the deceased. For example, in a car accident case, all motorists must follow traffic laws and operate their vehicles safely to avoid causing damage to others.
  • Breach of duty. After establishing that the defendant owed a duty of care to the decedent, you must prove that they breached this duty by failing to act as a reasonable person would in the same situation. This breach could involve an act of negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing. Using the car accident example, a violation of duty may occur if a motorist speeds, drives under the influence, or ignores traffic signals.
  • Causation. In addition to proving a breach of duty, you must show that the defendant’s actions directly caused the death of your loved one. Proving causation is generally the most complex part of a wrongful death case and requires substantial evidence. Without this link, you may be unable to file a wrongful death claim.
  • Damages. Finally, you must demonstrate that you and your family suffered damages due to your loved one’s wrongful death. For example, common damages may include funeral and burial expenses and the loss of financial support from their job.

 

We recommend working with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles for your case. An attorney can provide invaluable assistance by investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, gathering critical evidence, and identifying the responsible party. Additionally, your attorney can build a strong case for negligence or wrongdoing, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for your right to compensation in court when necessary.

Contact Our Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys about Your Situation

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one and believe someone else’s negligence caused their death? Our wrongful death lawyers are here to help. We have represented thousands of individuals and families throughout California, Nevada, and Texas in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers today for a free consultation. You can call us at (888) 779-1180 or contact us online. We will evaluate your case, answer any questions you may have, and discuss your legal options. Let us help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys, personal injury is all we do. We handle a wide range of injury cases, including all types of motor vehicle accidents. For example, we represent victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and rideshare accidents. We also handle wrongful death, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, pedestrian accidents, dangerous and defective products, construction accidents, and many more injury cases.

"Damages" is the legal term for what you have lost in the accident. Damages generally fall into two main categories, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include monetary or quantifiable losses you have incurred, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify because they are non-monetary losses. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, depression, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Each state has its own time limit for filing a personal injury claim. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. In California, Nevada, and Texas, most personal injury claims will fall under a two-year statute of limitations. That means you have two years from the date of the injury or death to file a lawsuit. However, there are certain exceptions to these deadlines. Consider discussing your unique situation with an experienced personal injury attorney from our firm. We can help you understand how the statute of limitations in your state may affect your potential claim.

Most personal injury lawyers, like us, work on a contingency fee basis. Working on contingency means that you pay nothing upfront for legal representation. Instead, you only pay if you win your case through a settlement or verdict. You and your lawyer will agree to an amount, usually a percentage. If your case succeeds, that amount will be deducted from the verdict or settlement. If your case is not successful, then you owe the lawyer nothing.