Van Nuys is a close-knit community of neighborhoods and its people are active, hardworking, and like to enjoy life. Every day you can see how active the community is whether by driving down Sherman Way or walking a trail through Valley Glen Park off Erwin Street.
Van Nuys residents work in all sorts of jobs, some local and others putting them on the road a couple of hours a day. While all these activities are necessary and good for everyone, they come with risks of a personal injury.
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we’ve seen how someone can get injured just doing things they’ve done all their lives. We’ve also been there for the family of a loved one that has died from their injuries.
We know that this is a tough time, and you might want some answers. Why did this have to happen? Why wasn’t the other person or driver more careful? Is there any way to get justice?
We can help you process all these questions and to let you know what your rights are as a survivor of a wrongful death.
Who can Claim Compensation for a Wrongful Death?
Under California law, only the close family members can make a legal claim for compensation against the person who negligently caused the loved one’s death. In most cases, these are those who were living with the deceased at the time of death. Those who can make a wrongful death claim are:
- The spouse married to the deceased at the time of death.
- The domestic partner of the deceased living with the deceased.
- The surviving children
- Any dependent minor living with the child at the time of death.
California law requires the claim to be filed by a representative of the deceased. This doesn’t have to be an attorney, just someone who represents all those seeking compensation.
Type of Accidents in Van Nuys that can Result in a Wrongful Death Claim
Being active, unfortunately, also means a risk of getting injured and even killed. When it happens because of the negligence of someone else, then the victim’s survivors can make a claim for a wrongful death against the person who was negligent. Some of the ways people are victims of a wrongful death in Van Nuys are:
- Car Accidents
- Slip or Trip and Falls
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Farm Tractor and Farm Vehicles Accidents
- Farm Machinery Malfunctions
- Riding Bicycles
- Ebike and Scooter Accidents
- Impaired Driver
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Rideshare Crashes
- Defective Products
- Death from Injuries at work due to third-party negligence
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
Many times the survivors of a wrongful death ask how compensation is determined. This is a good question because the law is different from a typical motor vehicle personal injury when it comes to paying compensation. The main thing is that the compensation is due to the survivor of the deceased based on how the death impacted the survivor and not so much how the death happened or if the deceased.
Some of the determining factors include:
- Outstanding medical bills from the victim’s treatment
- Lost present and future support
- Loss of benefits like retirement
- Mental pain and anguish of survivors
- Loss of companionship and guardianship
- Value of goods and services that would have been provided
- Loss of care and nurturing
- Loss of consortium (deceased’s spouse)
- Punitive damages if the death was intentional or due to gross negligence
Call a Van Nuys Personal Injury Attorney
The best thing to do when injured due to someone else’s negligence is to talk to a Van Nuys Personal Injury Attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.