Damages for Wrongful Death Claims
Losing someone you love due to the negligent, reckless, or careless acts of another person is devastating. Certainly, no amount of money can take away the pain you and your family feel due to the sudden loss. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to help ease you and your family’s financial suffering and help you recover for any unexpected costs associated with the loss of your loved one.Available Damages
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, our talented team of Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer will fight to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
In California, generally each wrongful death claimant is entitled to money damages for all harm suffered and all harm they are likely to suffer in the future due to the victim's death. The amount of money each claimant can receive depends on what they expected to receive had their loved one not died.
Under California law possible damages available for a Wrongful Death claim may include:
Medical Charges: You can receive compensation for any past ambulance, hospital, surgery, or doctor costs associated with your loved ones care;
Burial and Funeral Expenses: Burial and funeral costs can add up quickly and be very expensive. You can be compensated for these unexpected expenses;
Loss of Earnings: When you suddenly lose a loved one, you may face financial difficulties because you no longer have help from them. As a result, you can receive past and projected loss of earnings and support (support can include things like food, clothing, shelter and other financial contributions);
Loss of services: Loss of services includes things like household services or parental advice following the death of a parent;
Other Losses: You may also receive compensation for the other difficult losses you experience in your life. This includes loss of love, comfort, society, companionship, affection and moral support;
With the help of a skilled attorney you may be entitled to these and all other damages permitted under California law.Tax Consequences
In general, wrongful death damages are not taxable - See IRS Sect. 104. You should be able to keep the financial recovery you received. However, tax implications can be quite complicated. Therefore, we advise you to consult your CPA or other tax adviser for specific advice on your case. We can refer you to such specialists, should you request it.Get Help with Your Los Angeles Wrongful Death Claim Today
If a you have a loved one that was killed in any type of accident, you and your family may be entitled to receive compensation for your loss. Anytime death occurs it takes a toll on the family not only emotionally, but financially as well. Please contact a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyer at Walch Law now for a free case consultation—We have over 40 years of experience handling wrongful death claims and assisting families through this difficult process. We can look at the details of your case and figure out how we can help you obtain the damages you deserve.