Unfortunately, all too frequently the victims of elder or dependent adult abuse do not survive the abusive care. This forces the loving family members, like the abused elders, to suffer. If your loved one was taken from you by the abusive or negligent care of another, the law provides a remedy in the form of a case for “Wrongful Death” for the benefit of those family members who must live with the tragedy. A Wrongful Death action is very different from the action allowed by law for the victim of elder or dependent adult abuse because a wrongful death action belongs directly to the surviving heirs.
California law outlines who can sue for wrongful death. The rules sometimes are complicated, which is why you should have a knowledgeable professional on your side. But generally speaking, the following categories are entitled to file a wrongful death case:
While a wrongful death action can never replace the loss of a loved one, it does provide the family members with financial compensation in the form of money damages for the loss of the care, comfort and society of the deceased. It also may provide compensation for: