Unfortunately, accidents can lead to the death of a close relative that will have devastating consequences on the family. A wife loses her husband, a husband loses his wife, a couple loses a child. Money will never bring back the one who died, but it can help with the real and practical problems caused by the death of a loved one. Compensation can cover funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of household services and other "out of pocket" losses. Wrongful death claimants are also entitled to recover compensation for the loss of the relationship provided by the family member who passed away.
In California, the issue of who can make a wrongful death claim or a survival claim and the issue of fair and just compensation are complicated and require the thoughtful analysis of lawyers who are familiar with this area of practice.