Two parents in Bakersfield, California have filed a wrongful death action against a helicopter company that was supposed to transport their daughter to the hospital. Instead of successfully arriving, the helicopter crashed and killed everyone inside. The daughter was a substitute teacher who was experiencing various pains in her body when a helicopter was sent to pick her up. The aircraft crashed shortly after take off.
Her family is alleging that the company negligently maintained the helicopter and that negligence led to the accident. The cause of the accident is still being investigated but her family hopes that the action will help to heal the pain of their tragic loss.
Why File a Wrongful Death Action?
Wrongful death actions can help provide closure for a family which has lost a loved one through no fault of their own. This is because it can help to allocate blame and then promote ultimate forgiveness. Additionally, wrongful death actions are necessary to hold negligent parties responsible and prevent dangerous behaviors in the future. Without a wrongful death action, the same incident may happen to another innocent individual. Furthermore, wrongful death actions can give rise to financial damages that are sometimes necessary for the remaining family’s survival.
What Damages Are Available?
Though judges usually have the power to be creative in how they allocate damages, there are some common types that are usually given. For example, a family may seek compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering if they died in a particularly brutal way. Additionally, they may want to be compensated for the deceased’s future earning potential if the individual was the breadwinner of the family. Finally, they may wish to be compensated for their own loss of future companionship, particularly if the deceased is a child or spouse. These are only a few examples of the many different types of damages that may be available in a wrongful death action.
How Do You Win Damages?
The first step to winning damages is to hire an attorney who is experienced in wrongful death actions. In Los Angeles, the personal injury attorneys at Fox and Fox have years of experience with personal injury and wrongful death claims. If your loved one has died as a result of someone else’s actions in Los Angeles, you should immediately contact Fox and Fox at (818) 986-4494. We are available to schedule a consultation so that you can begin down the path to healing.