What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A friend or family member’s death can be sudden and unexpected. Even in the best of circumstances, it is still painful when you lose someone close to you. Yet, when someone is ripped from your life due to negligence or avoidable circumstances, the loss can be even more painful and devastating.

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the survivors of the deceased person bring a civil case against those who caused the death. Strassburg, Gilmore and Wei, Attorneys at Law, specialize in helping those who seek answers following a catastrophic death.

What is Wrongful Death?

In the state of California, a wrongful death lawsuit can occur after a person dies due to the “wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity.”  

Why File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is designed to benefit a family in the case of an untimely death due to negligence. The family of a deceased can sue for civil damages. These damages can be for grief, sorrow or mental anguish.

Current Wrongful Death Case: Reginald Thomas

Pasadena resident Reginald Thomas, died on September 29, 2016. Thomas’ family has filed a wrongful death suit against Pasadena police who tasered the 35-year-old. Thomas was tasered after confronting police, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Thomas was apparently wielding a knife at the time. One of the officers involved had already been in a wrongful death suit that resulted in Pasadena paying out $1 million in damages. According to the OC Register newspaper, Thomas was also kicked in the head and beaten with a baton. Unfortunately, the father of eight will no longer be able to take care of his family. However, a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit could help ensure a financially stable future for his children.  

Who Can Receive Damages in a Wrongful Death Case?

  • Surviving spouses can claim damages for the loss of companionship as well as the emotional trauma they endure following a death.
  • Children can claim in a wrongful death lawsuit, but typically not adult children. Damages are usually awarded on the basis that a child has lost the relationship with that parent.
  • Parents of a child can claim damages, as well, for the trauma endured for their loss. However, parents typically cannot claim damages for an adult child’s death.

Strassburg, Gilmore and Wei Can Help

The law firm of Strassburg, Gilmore and Wei can provide you with legal guidance when it comes to catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Located in Pasadena, California, Strassburg, Gilmore and Wei, Attorneys at Law, is available to give you insight on difficult matters. Visit our webpage to see how we can help you. If you have any questions, contact us and let our experienced attorneys in catastrophic injury and wrongful death go to work for you.

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