When a loved one passes on due to some unfortunate circumstance, the bereaved are often left to wonder how things came to be. The sadness may turn to anger when further details emerge, pointing to probable suspects that may have the “motive, means, and opportunity” to inflict harm upon the deceased. A reputable wrongful death lawyer can guide you on the nitty-gritty of such cases.
First, your camp must prove that the demise was a result of any defendant’s deliberate or negligent acts. The facts behind the incident that brought about the death should be reconstructed and sufficient evidence amassed. Treatment and analysis of the evidence can point to either negligence or malicious intent.
Wrongful death cases are often pursued by the immediate family or next of kin, because they are, after all, the ones suffering the most from the demise of their loved one. It’s even worse when the deceased turns out to be the family’s breadwinner, therefore giving added impetus on the damages to be sought from the defendant.
It’s also a race against time to make the other side accountable. California laws only allow for a two-year statute of limitations, giving you a small window to make the case count.