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Can You File A Wrongful Death Claim If The Deceased Never Worked?

Posted by Robert Walch | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

When someone dies because of the actions of someone or something else, your emotions can range from anger to confusion and just about everything in between. A lawsuit is not something you want to be doing at this time but because of California's tight statute of limitations from wrongful death cases, it is something you need to be aware of. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one because of a the negligence of someone or something else, please get in touch with us immediately before this important financial option is gone. Whether it was a fatal car accident or a dangerous and deadly product, the attorneys at Walch Law can help.

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One of the more common questions that we get from current and past clients has to do with how much their case is worth. It's a great questions and while we cannot give you an exact number, we will give you a very realistic idea of things during your initial consultation and update this estimate as your case progresses. So many things go to inform this number including the career and age of the deceased, the nature of the death and the ability of the defendant to pay. Related to this question is another very important one: can you still file a wrongful death claim if the deceased never worked?

The answer: absolutely. A very important part of any wrongful death settlement is taking into account the contribution the deceased had to the family. Of course this number is much more obvious when he or she was working but there are lots of situations when they were not. The most common of these is a stay at home parent or spouse who contributed endlessly to the home and family but didn't necessarily bring home a paycheck. We take this incredible source of support and the impact the absence of it will have going forward into account in our financial ask. For many, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is not just about the money but also about the closure that comes with holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.

If you are dealing with the loss of a loved on and want to learn more about how Walch Law can help, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We are here to help and one call is all it takes to preserve your legal rights to recover for your loss. We look forward to hearing from you. 

About the Author

Robert Walch

Partner Robert Walch is passionate about helping individuals and families that are dealing with the aftermath of a serious personal injury or wrongful death accident. Robert has been working at Walch Law since 2000 and has developed a reputation as a caring and compassionate attorney that keeps his clients in the loop on the progress of their case and works hard to get the best results possible. Robert is a huge reason why the Walch Law Firm has a success rate of over 95% on their serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.

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