Since 1986, the Law Offices of Daral B. Mazzarella has represented grieving families in San Diego and throughout Southern California in wrongful death cases resulting from automobile collisions; trucking accidents; motorcycle, ATV, and bicycle injuries; accidents involving pedestrians; boating accidents; medical malpractice; product defects; dog bites; trips and slips and falls; and other accidents.
San Diego Wrongful Death Attorney
California's Wrongful Death Act allows surviving family members to bring an action against the party or parties whose negligence or wrongful acts caused the death of a loved one. Under the statute, family members qualified to bring an action may include:
- Surviving spouses (including putative spouses)
- Domestic partners
- Children (including stepchildren)
- Minors and dependents
- Heirs by intestate succession if no other relatives survive
In addition to dealing with the pain of losing a loved one, family members often face financial hardships due to the decedent's medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost income and health care benefits. San Diego wrongful death attorney Daral Mazzarella allows families to focus on their emotional recovery by handling all aspects of a wrongful death case, from investigation through negotiations and trial, to obtain the maximum financial recovery to which they are entitled.
In California, recovery in a wrongful death suit is intended to compensate the deceased's survivors for their own damages, incurred as a result of the loss of their family member. Surviving family members are eligible to recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future earnings the deceased would have provided for the surviving family members
- Lost pensions, retirement, gifts, or other benefits
- Reasonable value of household services
Non-economic damages may include:
- Loss of companionship, love, comfort, care, protection, and moral support
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of guidance for children
- Mental anguish and suffering
Damages suffered by the injured victim before death, such as medical bills, disfigurement, or pain and suffering, may only be recovered by a representative of the deceased's estate in a separate or concurrent "survival action."
Statute of Limitations
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, seek immediate legal representation from a wrongful death attorney in San Diego. California's statute of limitations limits the amount of time a plaintiff can bring most claims to within two years of the date of death; after that time your claim may be barred by statute and you will lose the opportunity to recover for your losses.
Seek Compassionate Representation from a San Diego Wrongful Death Lawyer
San Diego wrongful death lawyer, Daral Mazzarella, has the experience to represent families in all types of wrongful death actions, and takes these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no legal fees unless he successfully obtains compensation on your behalf. For a free consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Law Offices of Daral B. Mazzarella, APC.