4 Famous Wrongful Death Cases – How a Los Angeles Attorney Can Help

April 3, 2023

4 Famous Wrongful Death Cases – How a Los Angeles Attorney Can Help

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Studies show there are nearly 25 million physician office visits due to accidental injuries.

These may lead to wrongful death.

Losing a loved one is already trying, and can be even more painful when it’s a wrongful death caused by the negligence, disregard, or even intent of another person.

Under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60, certain family members may be able to seek compensation for the survivors after a fatal incident.

Throughout history, there have been many wrongful death cases that brought the law into the mainstream media.  Prominent examples include:

O.J. Simpson – 

In 1994, former football star Orenthal James Simpson was accused of murdering his wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald.  In what was dubbed the “trial of the century”, after much media attention, Simpson was found not guilty.

The families of the victims then filed a civil suit against Simpson for wrongful death and were eventually awarded compensatory and punitive

Phil Hartman – 

Comedian Phil Hartman was a popular cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 80’s and early 90’s.  Known for various impressions and sketches, his life came to an untimely end in 1998 when he was shot by his wife Brynn before she took her own life. 

Hartman’s family sued the company behind the antidepressant Zoloft, claiming it caused Brynn to commit the crime. The case was settled confidentially.

Aaliyah – 

Despite already having three multi-platinum albums, Aaliyah was still on the rise to music superstardom at the time of her passing in a 2001 aircraft accident. There were many issues with the flight, including the aircraft being 700 pounds over its weight limit

The singer’s parents brought about a case that was settled out of court in 2003.

Michael Jackson – 

From hits like Thriller to Billie Jean, Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved pop music stars of all time.  In 2009, Jackson passed away after an overdose from a prescription given by his personal physician.

The Jackson family then brought about a wrongful death suit against the group who hired the physician.

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According to California law, a wrongful death suit can be filed by:

  • The surviving spouse of the deceased
  • The surviving domestic partner of the deceased
  • The children of the deceased
  • Parents of the victim
  • Other heirs of the victim

A wrongful death claim may help those who file suit recover damages such as:

  • Medical bills for the deceased from before their time of death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Wages from the deceased
  • Loss of financial support for family members

Some damages, such as funeral expenses, can be easier to prove than others.

There is a two year statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in California.

If you think you may have a claim, our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys are here to help.  The lawyers at C&B Law Group have decades of experience helping victims with similar situations to you. 

An example of our results includes a family who lost their son in a police shooting in Los Angeles.  We were able to get $650,000 dollars for our client.

Common causes of a wrongful death include:

If you or a loved one were involved in a wrongful death case, our LA lawyers are here for you.  At C&B Law Group, we want to make the case as easy as possible during this tragic time period.

Losing a loved one is never easy. Our compassionate lawyers will handle your case to help as you cope with your loss.

You don’t have to pay us until we win your case.  With a 99 percent success rate, we are primed to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today about receiving a free consultation.

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