By: William M. Berman, Attorney at Law
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A research assistant working at UCLA who was seriously burned in a lab fire in December recently died from her injuries. The 22-year-old woman passed away at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks. The fire started in the molecular sciences building, after chemicals caused a flash fire, and the victim suffered severe personal injury in the form of second and third degree burns over her entire upper body. The circumstances of the fire are currently being investigated.
When someone tragically dies and the death was wrongfully caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another, it may be possible to bring a wrongful death claim and recover on the part of the victim’s family. A wrongful death action can be brought by the victim’s surviving heirs to recover funeral and medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings of the deceased person, and loss of companionship and services. Although such monetary recovery will inevitably pale in comparison to the love of the deceased family member, it is important for victims to assert their rights and recover what is possible.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, Berman & Riedel, LLP, has the experience to fully analyze the circumstances of the death and evaluate whether a lawsuit is warranted. William Berman is an attorney at the law firm and can help evaluate such situations and provide legal advice.