Many Americans cannot deny that when they lose a loved one, the initial reaction is to look for something or someone to blame or to hold accountable. Take, for instance, how vigilante justice has inspired gun owners to take justice into their own hands and gun down suspects without the due process of the law. What’s even worse is becoming a victim of a wrongful death.
The Proper Way of Seeking Justice
When an injustice takes place, there arelawyers for wrongful death cases in Los Angeles, Californiawho can provide the right steps and offer legal advice in seeking retribution. The pain and process that a person goes through are understandable, especially when they lose a loved one due to another individual’s negligence. The law exists for a civil society to function.
On Wrongful Deaths in California
California statutesdetermine the persons who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Legally married spouses, as well as the children, can take a wrongful death lawsuit to court. The law also allows parents of children (as long as they don’t have children of their own) who happen to be victims of wrongful death to sue. In addition, domestic partners registered in California have the same entitlement.
Common law spouses and children living with the decedent can also file a lawsuit, but it depends on the circumstances. If they were dependent on the decedent at the time of death, they have as much right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Looking at the Case of Alexander Ruiz
The relatives of a 46-year-old water polo assistant coach, Alexander Ruiz, have fileda wrongful death lawsuitagainst the Walnut Valley Unified School District. Two coaches, Megan Garcia and Gina Ramos, halted their revival efforts after less than a minute of trying to resuscitate the collapsed assistant coach, who had suffered cardiac arrest in the school parking lot. Garcia and Ramos are co-defendants in the case with Diamond Bar High, LA County, and Chase Paulson, the school’s athletic trainer who ordered the two coaches to stop the CPR.
In the case of Ruiz, he would still be alive today if he had received the appropriate CPR. Negligence, among other things, plays a major role in saving the life of another person.