The last thing any parent wants is to lose a child to a wrongful death. If you find yourself in this situation, our personal injury law firm in San Diego can help. Our wrongful death lawyers care about you and your family, and we can protect your family’s rights and make sure that the legal affairs of your child’s wrongful death are not pushed aside.
Any Parent Can Recover for a Child’s Wrongful Death
Believe it or not, any parent can recover for a child’s wrongful death, so it doesn’t matter if you are the natural, illegitimate or adopted parent. Your child’s age (minor or adult), marital status (married, unmarried or divorced) or income level (financially dependent or independent) don’t matter either in a wrongful death claim. If your child was all grown up living on his or her own, our wrongful death attorneys can strengthen your claim by showing the quality of your relationship and how often you two visited one another.
Financial Support is a Big Part of a Wrongful Death Claim
Financial support can be shown in several ways. First and foremost, we look at your child’s earnings before the wrongful death. This does not, however, limit your wrongful death claim. A good wrongful death lawyer would argue that the value of your case should be what your child would have earned had he or she not suffered a wrongful death. This would include the late child’s age, education, skill, personal habits and ambition before the wrongful death.
Your financial situation usually does not matter in a wrongful death claim. There are some important factors to consider in a wrongful death claim:
- Would your child have provided benefits to you from his or her earnings before or after he or she became an adult?
- Did you spend (or were you planning on spending) any money on your child’s education?
- Did your child run errands on your behalf?
- Did your child assist with the planning or preparation of meals?
- Did your child mow the lawn or landscape for you?
- Did your child repair or build things around your house?
- Did your child care for or watch over any of your other children?
- Did your child help run the family business?
You may also collect money for medical bills as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Emotional Damages for a Child’s Wrongful Death
You may be able to recover for what is legally called the loss of comfort, society and protection, as well as for financial losses that would have been provided to you. The total sum of your wrongful death recovery is limited to your life expectancy or your child’s, whichever is shorter.
Call Us Now to Maximize Your Wrongful Death Settlement
Due to this claim’s complexity, we strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Since 1992, our San Diego law firm’s wrongful death lawyers have represented families who lost a child in an automobile accident and fought against insurance companies.
In addition to the sorrow your family must go through after the wrongful death of your child, you also have to deal with the insurance companies. Insurance companies do not have to explain all of your legal rights to you, and they only want to pay you as little as possible. Insurance company lawyers may also try to disparage your relationship with your children.
You should not have to deal with this situation on your own. Our wrongful death lawyers can shield you from insurance companies and prevent them from attacking your relationship with your child.
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 for a FREE consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney in San Diego or click here to submit your case for a FREE online review. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf.