WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY AND LAWYER IN PASADENA, CA
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Wrongful Death Lawyer in Pasadena
When a person dies due to negligence or misconduct, the victim’s family may sue for wrongful death — whether this is the result of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, hazardous conditions and substances, or criminal behavior. The death of a loved one is always a traumatic experience for everyone involved. Our goal is to take the stress out of this process. We will help you navigate the law, build the strongest case possible, and give you the space to grieve on your own terms.
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How Can a Grigoryan Blum and Grigoryan Pasadena Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?
Taking legal action may not be a priority for those who have lost a loved one, however it is important for survivors of the deceased to consider retaining a Pasadena wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. At Grigoryan Blum and Grigoryan, our wrongful death attorneys work to prove negligence and are committed to protecting the legal rights of victims.
Not only is there significant emotional trauma of having a loved one pass away, but families may also face detrimental financial difficulties without the support of the deceased. Providing compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can assist the family financially.
Our Pasadena law firm will investigate every detail of your case and work with you to determine the most beneficial route to execute. We are dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests, and make your fight our fight.
We serve wrongful death victims throughout Southern California.
Have you lost a loved one due to wrongful death?
What to do After a Wrongful Death?
If you believe a loved one’s life was tragically cut short because of another’s careless or reckless behavior, the grief suffered by their survivors is devastating. Accidents that result in loss of life are catastrophic on many levels. Turn to Grigoryan Blum & Grigoryan for help, we will view your case from all angles and gather the pertinent information to support your claim.
Knowing where to start during this time of grief can be overwhelming. Use this list to help get you started.
During this difficult time, support the immediate family through their emotions.
2. Make Plans
Arrange proper care of the deceased, verify whether the deceased was an organ donor, and arrange for care of any other people or pets that you loved one was responsible for.
Notify family, friends and employers.
Arrange any final wishes from a last will, testament, directive, medical document, or verbally.
5. Plan Ceremony
Identify a plan and facilitate funeral ceremonies or end of life celebrations.
Draft an obituary with help of family and friends.
7. Secure Valuables
Change locks and ensure windows and doors are closed and secured. Toss perishable items, wash and clean. Helping hands from trusted friends and family will be needed for this task.
Touch base with executors or representatives in charge of settling the estate.
A new tax ID number must be obtained from the IRS in order to authorize activities on behalf of the estate.
Contact in writing a notice to creditors for the opportunity to submit any outstanding debt on estate.
11. Forward Mail
Contact the local post office to forward mail of the deceased to closest relatives.
12. Register for Do Not Contact List
Contact the Data and Marketing Association to report the deceased and have them removed from all marketing lists.
13. Notify Insurance and Financial Institutions
Contact the carrier of the life insurance policy to begin the process and financial institutions by asking to speak to the manager. Be sure to collect documentation.
Be sure to contact and cancel services for the home, such as utilities. Also cancel drivers licenses, voter registrations, etc.
15. Compile Inventory
Completed inventory of all assets in the estate, including anything with sentimental value.
File taxes and pay any taxes, reach out to the IRS for specific directions as needed through the process.
Distribute assets to heirs and beneficiaries, along with a final report and close to the estate.
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Common Causes from Wrongful Death
Time Limits for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in California
Wrongful death lawsuits may be applicable if someone dies either by accident or with intent. Wrongful death can happen due to various circumstances, such as negligence from automobile or work-related accidents, medical malpractice, or even acts of violent crime. It can range from the victim's spouse or domestic partner, the victim's children, and sometimes grandchildren or stepchildren. In California, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the deceased person's passing. A Pasadena wrongful death lawyer will clarify who can make this claim and the time in which it must be made. With Grigoryan Blum and Grigoryan, every detail will be examined critically to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death lawsuits are usually filed by the surviving family members of a person who suffered death because of another individual's negligence or reckless behavior.
The wide spectrum of damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim include economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages can include, but are not limited to, medical costs, funeral costs, loss of the deceased's financial contributions, and more.
More complicated calculations are necessary to settle the amount of money a victim would have provided for their family in the future and everyday life.
Non-Economic damages can consist of compensation for grief and the loss of a loved one, as well in specific cases punitive damages may be recovered.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death
Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit. However, there are certain cases where there are exceptions. For example, the “discovery rule” where a person dies but the cause of death isn’t determined until later, when a minor sues for the death of a parent, or where a government entity causes the death - in these instances the statute of limitations isn’t 2 years. So, because there are different statutes of limitations for different types of cases, you should always consult with a personal injury attorney so you don’t inadvertently waive your rights!
Damages in a wrongful death case differ from in a car accident case, or a trip and fall case. Damages in a wrongful death case are for the heir's “love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support.”
Wrongful death cases are hard and emotional. A wrongful death attorney will evaluate the merits of the case, gather the necessary evidence, including expert witnesses to help provide the case, and assist in evaluating damages toward a resolution of the case. An experienced wrongful death attorney will also be experienced in litigation and be able to take your case from intake to jury trial if need be.
In order to prevail on a wrongful death case, the Plaintiffs have to prove all four elements of the claim: 1) negligence; 2) breach of duty; 3) causation; and 4) damages. Death is hard, and family members want justice and compensation, but not every death is the result of negligence. Therefore, having a wrongful death attorney who understands the law and what needs to be proven can be crucial in determining whether there are merits to a wrongful death case or not. No one wants to go through litigation while recovering from the loss of a loved one without the reassurance that they have a strong case.
In California, the people who can sue for wrongful death are enumerated in California Civil of Civil Procedure section 377.60 and is limited. At GBG we have been successful at establishing rights for those not enumerated in this Civil Code section. We have been successful in protecting the rights of a putative domestic partner - not a listed category.
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Pasadena, CA 91101