Curd, Gallindo & Smith, L.L.P. Attorneys

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  • 301 East Ocean Blvd Suite 1700
    Long Beach CA 90802
  • 600 Anton Blvd. 11th Floor
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Wrongful Death

When the negligence or wrongful conduct of another has caused the death of another, the personal injury lawyers at Curd, Galindo & Smith, L.L.P. come to the aid of the aggrieved family members and help them recover for their loss in a wrongful death action brought in the courts of Los Angeles, Orange County, throughout Southern California or statewide. While we know that no amount of compensation can make up for such a loss, we also feel strongly that families should not be made to suffer further due to the additional current and long-term costs and expenses imposed on them by the loss of a loved one.

Recoverable Damages

In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured plaintiff generally can recover for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When a death occurs, the plaintiffs bringing the wrongful death action are the family members of the deceased. The types of damages that are recoverable reflect the losses suffered by the family from the death. These damages typically include items such as the following:

  • Funeral and Burial Expenses
  • The Loss of Financial Support
  • The Loss of Household Services
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Sexual Relations (for a spouse or partner)
  • Loss of Training and Guidance (for a child)

Who May Sue

In California, a wrongful death action may first be brought by a surviving spouse or domestic partner, or by the surviving children. In the absence of a spouse or children, surviving grandchildren may initiate a wrongful death case. Otherwise, a suit may be filed by the deceased's next of kin. California law also allows the parents or stepchildren of the deceased to bring an action if they were dependent on the deceased for their financial support.

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

Our personal injury lawyers handle wrongful death cases arising out of many different instances, including automobile and truck accidents, product defects and dangerous premises, and even police misconduct such as excessive force or unlawful shootings. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another, contact Curd, Galindo & Smith, L.L.P. for a free consultation regarding how we may help you with a wrongful death claim.