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What sort of damages can be recovered in a wrongful death case?


In California, the estate can claim medical bills to treat the injury or illness that led to the death, funeral expenses, and projected future lost income. Individual family members can claim compensation for the value of services the deceased performed in the home, loss of financial support (present and future), and losing love, affection, guidance, companionship, and moral support.

According to California law, the damages recoverable in a wrongful death claim include both economic and non-economic loss. Economic loss damages can include past and future loss of financial support, the value of lost household services and funeral expenses. Non-economic damages can include the loss of a loved one's companionship, care, society, affection, love, mentoring, moral support, and guidance.

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