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What’s a wrongful death lawsuit? How does it work?

Everyone knows about personal injury lawsuits.  We all see the TV ads and the billboards.  But when an accident causes fatal injuries, you are no longer talking about an injury case.  Now, it has become a wrongful death action.  Wrongful death actions didn’t always exist in the legal system.  In the early development of the law, if someone were killed, there would be no injury to compensate them for since there would be no plaintiff in the action.  However, this was fundamentally unfair, and it didn’t bring to justice the negligent individuals or companies who caused the death.  Therefore, wrongful death actions were created so that the family of the deceased victim could bring an action in tort law.

When you bring a wrongful death action, someone will be selected as a representative to stand in the shoes of the injured victim.  The selection of the family member or representative can be a complicated legal issue.  Depending on what family members are available, it could be a spouse, child, parent, or an appointed representative of the estate.

In these cases, the damages will also be different than a normal personal injury action.  You will not be compensating the family for medical bills that were not accrued, or for years of pain and suffering that the deceased did not live to experience.  However, the family can be compensated for funeral costs, lost earnings that would have supported the family had the deceased person been alive, and, in some cases, for loss of consortium (A legal term describing the loss of support and affection of the deceased due to a wrongful death).

Wrongful death actions in Los Angeles have strict time guidelines.  In some personal injury cases, the victim may be unaware of their injury for a period of time, until the symptoms manifest themselves.  However, in wrongful death, the family is on notice at the time of death that there was an accident.  Therefore, the time for the statute of limitations usually runs from the date of death, and if you do not file your claim within the statutory period, you will lose your legal rights to bring a wrongful death action. Wrongful death limitations for deaths caused by medical malpractice may be shorter.

If you have any questions about Los Angeles wrongful death cases, call National Choice Lawyers today to schedule a consultation.


Silverados and Yukons added to Growing List of Recalled Vehicles
In a year marked by many recalls of vehicles, General Motors has recently added another set to the growing list. In late March, the American auto manufacturer announced that it would be recalling its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, and its 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The trucks and SUVs are being recalled due to a fire risk resulting from a transmission oil cooler line that has the potential to leak. General Motors is reporting that thus far, there have been three incidents reported but no injuries. Owners of the recalled vehicles are instructed to return to a General Motors dealership to have necessary repairs made to their vehicles.

The SUV recalls come on the heels of several other serious product liability concerns in recent months. Earlier this year, General Motors issued recalls for over 1.8 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that could turn off the vehicle during operation. When vehicles turn off while being operated, airbags often did not deploy in the ensuing crash, causing fatal accidents. The vehicles recalled include:
All 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada), 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5; 2008-2010 Saturn Sky; 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

Recently added to the recall list are the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans equipped with a turbo 1.4-liter engine and manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. The right front half shaft may fracture and separate while driving, potentially causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the car could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. The recall is currently the subject of congressional inquiries and personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

For a complete list of recalls visit the GM website. If you own any of these recalled vehicles you need to take action immediately. The risks of fire and crashes can be life-threatening. If you or someone you love was injured because of one of these safety hazards, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.