A family member just died, and you want to know what you can do to get compensated for the loss. You want to know now who can bring a claim and what can they claim for the death of this person. Well, in California the heirs of the person who died or the next in line to inherit are the ones that are allowed to bring a claim. Now, “heirs” is a fancy way of saying, typically, it’s the immediate family members. It can either be the spouse of the person who died, the children of the spouse or even a combination of the two, or perhaps, in some cases, the parents of the person who died. So, those are some of the people that can make a claim, and there are many more.
What can be claimed is just as important. So, when someone dies, you can make a claim for the loss of companionship, loss of society, loss of comfort, even the loss of support and economic support for pain for the necessities for the people who depended on that person who is now dead. In addition, you can make a claim for the person’s pain and suffering from the time of the accident until the time of their death and their survivors’ emotional distress as a result of that death.