If a child loses one or both of their parents in a car accident in Chula Vista that was caused by the wrongful act of another, they may be entitled to recover compensation to make up for their loss. When someone engages in behavior that is considered negligent or reckless, they can be held accountable for providing financial relief to the victim or the victim’s surviving family members if the accident resulted in their death. Generally, when a surviving party is looking to recover compensation to make up for their loss, they can do this by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California
The State of California allows certain surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one. If a child lost one parent, the other parent would likely be the one to file suit first. However, if the deceased parent was divorced and never remarried, then the child may be next in line to take legal action. In the event both of a child’s parents were fatally injured in an automobile accident, then the child would likely be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their parents’ behalf.
When a Child is a Minor in a Wrongful Death Case
In the event a child is under the age of 18 at the time of their parent(s) death, then their other parent would need to file suit on their behalf. Even if the child’s other parent sues, the child may still be entitled to recover compensation to make up for their loss. Now, if both of a minor’s parents are killed in a motor vehicle accident, then the executor of their parents’ estate would need to file suit on their behalf.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is Here to Help After a Fatal Car Accident Claims the Lives of a Child’s Parents
Losing one or both parents is hard, especially if their death was an untimely one and the child was still a minor. Children depend on their parents for love, care, and support, and when a child loses the people who are supposed to be there to guide them through life, they may feel lost, alone, afraid, and helpless.
If a child recently lost one or both of their parents as a result of a preventable car accident, a Chula Vista, CA car accident attorney can help them recover compensation for things like loss of financial support, pain and suffering, loss of love and affection, and more. In the event the child is a minor and another family member is seeking legal advice on their behalf, The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is here to help.
The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can be reached at:
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Chula Vista, CA 91911
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