Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death

Brian Brandt helps grieving families move forward

Losing a loved one in an accident is one of the most devastating experiences anyone can imagine. While any death is difficult to deal with, accidental deaths are especially hard since there’s no time to prepare. In an instant, you need to mourn your loved one’s passing – and find a way for your family to move forward.

We understand why you may not want to involve an attorney during this difficult time. But we’ve seen in many cases that taking legal action can be an important part of the process of getting closure and providing for the people left behind. That’s why injury lawyer Brian Brandt in California wants to hear from you.

Understanding wrongful death claims in California

Wrongful death claims are civil actions taken following a person’s death due to negligence by the survivors of the deceased person or the personal representative of the estate. A wrongful death claim is separate from any criminal charges the state of California may pursue in connection with the death.

Depending on the nature of the claim, damages (financial compensation) awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit may be awarded to the deceased person’s estate or directly to the surviving family members. Some of the damages that may be awarded include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses for the final illness or injury of the deceased person
  • Lost future income that the deceased person would have earned
  • Loss of anticipated financial support
  • Loss of household services and help
  • Loss of community, attention, companionship, guidance and affection

No lawsuit can truly compensate for the loss of a human life. However, holding the negligent party accountable for the death can help to provide valuable closure. Moreover, the financial compensation awarded in a wrongful death claim can help surviving family members move forward and rebuild their lives.

We can help you understand your legal rights

Wrongful death cases can be complex, difficult and painful. It takes an experienced attorney to move them toward a successful resolution. The Law Offices of Brian Brandt has extensive experience litigating and resolving these cases, including a record $150 million verdict in a wrongful death case following a fatal truck accident.

Under California law, you typically have two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit. But there’s no need to wait that long. Contact us as soon as you are able to schedule your free, confidential consultation with Brian Brandt. There’s no cost and no obligation, just straightforward advice about your family’s legal rights and options.

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