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Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our seasoned team of professionals have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling complex legal matters.

Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys

Standing Up for Families Who Lost Loved Ones to Negligence

In the United States alone, there are 146,500 accident-related deaths on average every year, making death from unintentional injuries the fourth-leading cause of fatalities. Many people who suddenly die in unexpected circumstances leave behind spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones who never imagined they would face such a tragedy. In the wake of these sudden financial and emotional losses, surviving family members may not know how to proceed.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers can represent the surviving family members of wrongful death victims. Although some wrongful death claims seem straightforward, defendants will almost always fight aggressively against liability for a death. During the difficult time after a loved one passes, family members may benefit from a law firm that has the resources and experience to fight for justice on their behalf.

If your loved one recently suffered fatal injuries in an accident in Los Angeles or anywhere in California, please do not wait to call us at (866) 634-4525 to discuss whether we can help.

When Is a Death Considered Wrongful?

Wrongful death means a preventable death that resulted from someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. This can apply to a wide range of fatal accidents that may lead to legal claims.

The following are only some of the many common causes of wrongful death in California:

Who Can I Hold Accountable for a Wrongful Death?

Many different types of actions – or inaction – can result in wrongful deaths. In addition, many different parties may face liability for wrongful death. An individual, company, or government entity’s negligence can all lead to a fatal accident. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we are ready to take on wrongful death claims stemming from a wide range of accidents and negligent acts.

No matter the cause of your loved one’s accident, the law recognizes that wrongful death results in tremendous economic and non-economic damages, and that survivors should not shoulder these losses alone. Instead, the party responsible may be required to pay compensation to the victim’s family for the death of their loved one and certain losses incurred due to the death.

Eligibility for a Wrongful Death Claim

Generally, only close family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. However, because there are other possible parties who may be eligible for a claim in certain circumstances, it’s important to review your case with a qualified attorney. An experienced wrongful death attorney can evaluate your relationship to your loved one and help determine whether you have a valid legal claim.

California’s wrongful death statute permits the following surviving relatives to bring a wrongful death action:

  • A spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Other heirs, such as parents or siblings
  • The personal representative of the person’s estate

Additional people may also have the right to bring wrongful death lawsuits if they depended financially on the deceased person.

Such people include:

  • A putative spouse or a putative spouse’s children (Putative spouse means someone who believed that he or she was married to the deceased person, even though the marriage was not valid)
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents

Helping Clients Recover for All of Their Losses

The primary purpose of a wrongful death claim is to compensate surviving family members for various losses suffered due to the death of their loved one. Generally, family members can seek compensation for economic and non-economic losses, though the damages available depend on the circumstances—and every case is unique.

Economic Damages for Wrongful Death

Economic damages compensate families for financial losses that bills, receipts, pay statements, and other financial documents can verify. Courts may also award economic damages that represent the value of lost future earnings or even lost household services. For example, if a spouse would likely have worked another 30 years, the surviving spouse may seek 30 years’ worth of lost future income, factoring in expected increases in wages, inflation, and other factors over time. These calculations often require the assistance of economic and occupational experts, which our attorneys use on a regular basis.

Economic damages may include:

  • Burial expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Costs of medical care provided to the loved one before death
  • Lost income of the loved one
Non-Economic Damages

No amount of money can ever replace the presence of a spouse, parent, or child, but courts may award additional compensation for the loss of love, affection, companionship, moral support, and when appropriate, sexual intimacy. If a case does not settle pre-trial, the jury may determine the amount necessary to compensate a family for the loss of their relationship with their loved one.

Taking legal action after a wrongful death is never easy, especially when you’re dealing with grief and adjusting to life without a family member. However, standing up for your legal rights does not have to mean taking on additional stress. Our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers aim to take as much stress away from our clients during a difficult time and advocate on their behalf.

Contact Our California Wrongful Death Law Firm Today

Bringing a wrongful death claim can hold responsible parties accountable for the tragic death, and give family members a sense of justice and closure. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles attorneys are prepared to explain the process to you and listen to your story with compassion. We have handled wrongful death cases involving many different scenarios—from auto collisions to workplace accidents to deadly police misconduct. We strive for the moment when our lawyers can help a family move forward after a death and into a better position than when they first called our office.

To explore your legal options with one of our compassionate attorneys, give us a call at (866) 634-4525 today.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    As a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, founding partner Bruce Broillet joins a select group of California lawyers. Only 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.

  • LACBA
    LACBA

    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • CAALA
    CAALA

    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

  • WLALA
    WLALA

    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

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