Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys

Legal Guidance for Pursuing Damages or Compensation

You may be entitled to collect compensation in cases of the wrongful death of a loved one. These damages may be for economic damages (e.g., medical and related expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, etc.), non-economic damages (e.g., emotional pain and suffering), or both. This page details what damages are available in wrongful death claims and who may recover them, as well as punitive damages.

If you’d like to speak with one of our wrongful death attorneys in Los Angeles, schedule a free consultation with McMahan Law, PC by calling (310) 734-4485 today.

Who May Recover Wrongful Death Damages?

California allows for surviving and close family members, as well as people outside the family who were in a unique and/or close relationship with the decedent, to recover compensation for wrongful death.

This includes:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Child
  • Issue of deceased child
  • Putative spouse
  • Putative spouse’s child;
  • Stepchild
  • Parent
  • Minor who lived with decedent
  • Grandparent
  • Sibling
  • Other intestate heirs
  • Heir by disclaimer
  • Personal representative

What Damages Are Available for Wrongful Death Claims?

California allows the individuals listed above to recover compensation for economic losses and non-economic (emotional) losses resulting from a wrongful death claim.

This may include compensation for:

  • Financial support
  • Contributions (including lost wages)
  • Medical costs
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Prospective gifts from decedent
  • Lost funds from insurance or retirement
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of society, comfort, care, protection, companionship, and consortium
  • Loss of training and advice

Are punitive damages available in wrongful death cases?

In situations involving malice and extreme recklessness, you may be entitled to recover for punitive damages. This compensation is designed to punish the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death.

Contact McMahan Law, PC at (310) 734-4485 to find out how our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you with your claim.