The death of a child in a car accident is tragic. When a car accident in California is caused by a negligent driver, grieving parents can find justice and solace through a child wrongful death lawsuit. If you have lost a child in a car accident, you need a compassionate child injury attorney at your side.
At J&Y Law, our practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have lost a child in a wrongful death car accident. We understand the emotional and financial challenges facing you and will provide you with the informed representation you need and the caring, personal service you deserve.
Once you become our client, you will have comfort knowing that your case will be handled by an experienced child wrongful death attorney who will fight to help you obtain just compensation for the devastating loss of your child. Please reach out to our office today for a complimentary consultation.
Finding Justice for Child Wrongful Death Accidents in California
No parent expects the sudden loss of a child. When a child’s death is caused by a driver’s negligence, the burden is overwhelming. We can help to lift that burden by helping parents and families pursue a civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of a child.
Our California wrongful death attorneys are highly experienced in handling cases involving car accidents and other types of accidents and have a proven history of achieving successful outcomes through negotiation and litigation.
Trust J&Y to provide you with compassionate, efficient representation, while aggressively pursuing just compensation to alleviate the financial and emotional burden caused by the wrongful death of your child.
Defining Wrongful Death in California
Parents can pursue a wrongful death claim when a child sustains a fatal injury due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another driver. To have a valid claim, it is necessary to prove the following elements of negligence:
- The other driver (the “defendant”) owed your child a duty of care
- The defendant breached that duty
- That defendant’s breach was the direct cause of your child’s death
- Your child’s death resulted in actual damages (e.g. hospitalization, medical expenses, loss of income, and potential earnings)
At J&Y Law, we have the skills and experience to prove a child wrongful death car accident claim. Above all, work to protect your rights and support your family during this difficult ordeal.
Causes of Wrongful Death Car Accidents in California
Car accidents that result in fatal injuries to children are typically the result of a driver’s negligent or reckless conduct, such as:
- Distracted driving (e.g texting while driving)
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Reckless driving
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Failing to observe traffic or pedestrians before entering an intersection
- Bus drivers failing to maintain control of their vehicles
Regardless of the cause of your child’s fatal car accident, our experienced wrongful death attorneys will work to hold the at-fault driver accountable and help you obtain just compensation.
Recoverable Damages for Wrongful Death of a Child
When an adult is killed in a car accident, one of the most significant recoverable damages in a wrongful death claim is for lost wages — present and future. Moreover, a calculation of future earning capacity is based on past earning history and other relevant factors.
Such damages are typically not available in child wrongful death car accident cases unless the child has a history of contributing financially to the family or the family can establish the likelihood of future contribution.
Parents may be able to recover a variety of other damages for the wrongful death of a child, however, including:
- Medical bills incurred prior to the child’s death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of the child’s companionship
- Sorrow and grief of surviving family members
In some cases, parents of adult children can also pursue a wrongful death claim, as long as the decedent was unmarried and had no children. Parents may be able to recover damages for lost financial contributions as well as their lost relationship with their adult child.
Let our attorneys handle all the details of your claim, negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement on behalf of your family, and file a wrongful death lawsuit if necessary. Nothing will bring your child back, but you deserve justice, closure, and peace of mind.
Contact Our Experienced Child Wrongful Death Attorneys
If your child has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, school bus accident, or any other type of accident, you may be frightened, angry, and not know where to turn. Remember the legal team at J&Y Law is here to help.
When you consult with us, we will take the time to learn about your child, understand your concerns, and address those concerns by providing you with trustworthy advice when you need it most. There are no fees to you until we obtain the compensation you deserve for the wrongful death of your child. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.