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Jan 22

Should a Wrongful Death Settlement be Shared with All Family Members?

Posted by: Personal Injury Attorney  

Should a Wrongful Death Settlement be Shared with All Family MembersA death in the family is a tragedy, no matter what the circumstances may be. When the death occurred because of someone else's negligence, it is doubly tragic. Even when you have won a wrongful death settlement, the family is left to determine how to distribute and manage the money. Farhad Hamdam, Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can help you settle the fine details so you can go on with your life.


According to California law, the wrongful death settlement covers the expenses left behind by the deceased, such as their medical care, as well as damages that their loss of income may cover, among other things. As a result, it can be difficult to determine who has a right to the money.

Many circumstances must be considered when you determine whether the wrongful death settlement should be distributed evenly among the family members. To determine who has a right to the money, you must take into consideration their expenses and what is left over, as well as who depended on the deceased for support. For example, in a case of the death of a husband who left behind a wife and children, the wife might argue that she should receive the entire settlement because she and the children were partially or totally supported by the deceased husband. In cases like this, the answer of who gets the money can be clear-cut, especially if the wife is the one who initiated the wrongful death suit on her deceased husband's behalf. However, in other cases, several family members may have been affected financially, or other circumstances may apply.

During these difficult times, you need an experienced wrongful death attorney to assist you. Mr. Hamdam, Los Angeles PI lawyer can not only help you get the settlement that you deserve, but he can help you develop a plan for distributing the settlement once you receive it.