The most heartbreaking cases that David handles are those that involve the sudden and unexpected death of a family member. In his 19 years of practicing law, he has met with many families who are grieving such a painful loss. Here, we ask David to describe one recent case that left a woman without her husband and her children without their father:
In this case, despite the strong resistance of the opposing parties, David was able to win a jury verdict of $5.6 million for the deceased man’s family. The wrongful death damages covered the expenses the family incurred after his death, including funeral costs. It also provided financial support for his family as they looked to a future without his earnings.
If someone else’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness has caused the death of someone in your family, David and the rest of us at the Law Offices of David Azizi are truly sorry for what you are going through. While we are, unfortunately, unable to help with many of the difficult emotional challenges you are facing, we are able to help in one significant way, and that is through the legal process.
What a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Covers
If he becomes your attorney, David will take legal action on your behalf to:
- Recover expenses related to your loved one’s passing, such as the sudden costs of purchasing a burial plot and the fees associated with mortuary services
- Obtain financial compensation equivalent to the wages your loved one would have earned over the rest of his or her working years
- Secure funds to pay for additional child care, if necessary
- Gain funds for family counseling to deal with trauma and grief
- Acquire additional financial support to pay for activities that give emotional comfort and relief
- Obtain additional funds to compensate for a lifelong loss of affection, guidance and support from the deceased family member
The legal action David takes as your lawyer would be against the people, companies, organizations and other entities responsible for the accident that claimed your family member’s life. Each case is unique, so settlement amounts vary based on each set of circumstances.
For more of an explanation of what David takes into account when filing a wrongful death suit, read on. Or, go ahead and call us 24/7 at 800-991-5292 to discuss your options. We will quickly connect you with David for a free consultation about your case.
Either way, please be assured that David will fight tooth and nail to win for you every dollar in compensation that you deserve. With a 98-percent success rate, he is unsurpassed in his effectiveness on behalf of his clients. In addition, David is not compensated for his work until you win.
His peers recognize his superlative skills as a wrongful death attorney. Legal services giant Avvo rates him “Superb,” and Expertise.com names him one of the Top 20 Personal Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles. Most recently, the prestigious Super Lawyers organization honored him for the sixth time as one of Southern California’s most effective attorneys.
David is also a genuinely compassionate attorney for his clients. He’s a married father of three young children, so he feels deep sympathy when families are bereaved. He knows, too, that his clients will have questions during the legal process, so he gives each client his cell phone number. His ability to be powerfully effective in court, yet truly concerned for his clients, sets him apart in his profession.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Suit?
During your free consultation with David, he will make sure that you qualify, by law, to have him take this action as your legal representative. The people who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, based on their relationship to the deceased family member, are:
- A spouse or domestic partner
- Children, or under certain circumstances, other dependent minors such as stepchildren
- If there are neither spouse/partner nor children, then parents, brothers or sisters can file
- If there are none of the above, then other relatives may be able to file under special circumstances
To clarify whether you are permitted legally to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit, be sure to discuss the specific details of your situation with David.
What Is the Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations for seeking legal redress of a wrongful death is two years in the state of California if the claim is not against a government entity. If the claim is against a government entity, then you only have six months to make a claim.
We know the shock and sadness will seem unbearable at times. You may feel inclined to wait to take legal action because you’re concerned that a lawsuit could become another painful reminder of what you’ve lost. We can only imagine what you’re going through.
From a legal standpoint, we still highly recommend moving as swiftly as you can to seek wrongful death damages. The sooner David gets your case, then the sooner he can investigate and have his team of experts photograph, analyze and reconstruct the accident for the court. Unfortunately, delays have resulted in greater difficulty in collecting evidence from the scene and in fuzzy memories on the part of witnesses.
Similar to Wrongful Death Litigation: Survival Actions
There is also a class of lawsuits known as survival actions. These are similar to wrongful death situations, but these are legal actions taken when your loved one survives the accident, even if it is for a short time. Wrongful death cases, on the other hand, involve incidents in which someone loses his or her life instantly.
David Azizi Can Help in Your Time of Grief
Once more, we want to express our genuine sadness for your loss. David stands ready to help you, just as he has helped other Los Angeles-area families for 19 years. As soon as you are able, we welcome you to call us at 800-991-5292. Any time of day, and any day of the week, we will connect you with David quickly for your free consultation.