When a loved one dies due to a catastrophic injury at work, you may have a wrongful death case. Although it may be hard to discuss the case due to the emotional nature of losing a loved one, it is important to contact a lawyer who has experience dealing with negligent death cases. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our attorneys have more than 50 years of experience helping clients with their wrongful death claims in the San Diego area.
Following an on-the-job death of a loved one, we do everything we can to make the process quick and easy for our clients. During this trying time, we handle the legal side of things for you so that you can focus on your family and your own emotional well-being.
Who are the Dependents in a Wrongful Death Case?
In California wrongful death cases, a person’s dependents may be entitled to payment under workers’ compensation laws. It is exceptionally important to have an attorney involved in a wrongful death case, because there are numerous rules and exceptions that determine who meets the definition of dependent. Although your biological children are the most straightforward example of dependents, other people who are considered to be dependents can be:
- Adopted children
People other than children or spouses living in the house may qualify if they depended on the deceased person for support. These dependents can include:
- Cohabitating partners
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In addition to determining who is a dependent, you should also have an attorney so that you get the full amount of benefits you are entitled to in a wrongful death case. If you do not have an attorney, you may accidentally resolve your claim for less than the full amount you could have received.
Contact Our Law Firm
To receive answers to your questions from a San Diego wrongful death lawyer, contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, at (619) 296-5884 or through our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.