In addition to the heartbreak of losing someone you love, an unexpected death in the family sends out ripples that are difficult to predict. Such a death has a profound impact on the deceased’s loved ones and the loss often leads to financial hardships as well. While most people are resilient enough to cope with their loss, seeking a legal remedy for a wrongful death can lessen the monetary hardships surviving family members must endure.
In an ordinary incident involving private citizens, the law offers families several ways to seek compensation. Examples include personal injury claims, premises liability suits and wrongful death claims. However, when an employee of the California state government causes a death, the available legal remedies typically shrink to almost nothing. This is because government entities or agencies in the U.S. enjoy a degree of immunity from lawsuits.
Despite this, we want you to know that it is not impossible to take action against the state or even the city of Pasadena when negligence leads to wrongful death. A key factor in holding the government responsible for a death is getting through the mandatory Government Claims Program (GCP). This program exists to process claims against the state outside of a courtroom. Before you can sue the state, you must try to resolve the matter through the GCP.
We know that for many residents, a successful GCP claim is enough to start the healing process and relieve some of their financial hardships. For those who receive a GCP claim denial or wish to explore the available wrongful death solutions in-depth, a legal professional can help. You can also find additional information about your options by visiting our firm’s website.