California law is fairly open on legal damages on such lawsuits.  Depending on the nature of the relation between you and your loved one, you may be eligible to collect compensation for lost past and future wages, past medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering (both yours and the victim’s, but there are narrow exceptions in this category), anguish, loss of consortium, loss of support, and other losses and expenses.  

An experienced San Diego wrongful death attorney will be able to identify those losses and expenses that may extend into the future and, in their pursuit, present a compelling case against the responsible party.  This includes the narrow exceptions for pain and suffering as mentioned briefly above.