Riverside Wrongful Death Attorneys

When your loved one dies due to the negligence of another, you may obtain compensation and justice through a wrongful death lawsuit.  At Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, our Riverside wrongful death attorneys are compassionate and experienced in wrongful death claims.  We strive to take surviving family members’ financial burdens into consideration.

While no amount of money can make up for your loss, a successful wrongful death claim can provide you a sense of closure and the financial resources to begin moving forward.

Why Choose Us

The Riverside wrongful death attorneys at Aitken*Aitken*Cohn provide:

  • Attentive and considerate service;
  • Answers family members may have regarding their rights;
  • Access to experienced attorneys;
  • Regular communication and updates; and
  • Substantial claims for maximum insurance and courtroom compensation.

Contact us now to talk to a knowledgeable Riverside wrongful death attorney for free.

Riverside Wrongful Death Attorneys May be Able to Help

An experienced Riverside personal injury attorney’s focus is to relieve you and your family of as much of the burden as possible.  That’s why at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, you to focus on you and your family’s health while we deal with the insurance companies.

The legal team at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn will help you by:

  • Managing all communication with the insurance company;
  • Investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s death;
  • Collecting the evidence;
  • Identifying all potential sources of compensation;
  • Negotiating with insurance companies to obtain a proper wrongful death settlement; and
  • Taking your wrongful death case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay sufficient compensation.

Our dedicated wrongful death attorneys in Riverside will review and evaluate your potential claim at no charge to you.  Contact Aitken * Aitken * Cohn today and put our knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you. 

Who Can Make a Wrongful Death Claim in Riverside?

In California, a wrongful death claim arises when one person dies as the result of the wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity.  A wrongful death claim is a civil, not a criminal lawsuit.  If a wrongful death claim is successful, the court orders the wrongdoer to pay the survivor or personal representative of the deceased’s estate money damages.

A wrongful death lawsuit is allowed by the following:

  • The deceased person’s surviving spouse;
  • The deceased person’s domestic partner;
  • The deceased person’ s surviving children; and
  • If there is no surviving person in the deceased person’s line of descent, then by anyone who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession;

The following people may also file a wrongful death lawsuit in California if they can show they were financially dependent on the deceased person:

  • The deceased person’s “putative spouse” and children of the putative spouse;
  • The deceased person’s stepchildren; and
  • The deceased person’s parents.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims in Riverside

There are several types of wrongful death claims.  These claims fall under the categories of negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, or an intentional wrongful act and may include:

This is not an exhaustive list.  To find out if you have a wrongful death claim, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney in Riverside. 

What Kinds of Damages are There in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death damages may include economic and non-economic losses.  Economic damages are damages on which a dollar amount can be placed and may consist of:

  • The financial support the deceased would have contributed to the family during their lifetimes;
  • The loss of gifts or benefits the heirs could have expected to receive from the deceased;
  • Funeral and burial expenses; and
  • The reasonable value of household services the deceased would have provided.

Non-economic damages are harder to value, and a jury can award an amount they find reasonable based on the evidence presented.  In California, non-economic damages attempt to compensate for the loss of the deceased’s:

  • Society and companionship;
  • Protection;
  • Affection;
  • Moral support;
  • Training and guidance; and
  • Sexual relations.

The wrongful death attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn can evaluate your claim and advise you regarding the compensation to which you may be entitled.  There are time limits on filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  Call our attorneys today.