A wrongful death, in the legal sense, is a death caused by the wrongful act of another.
The wrongful act can be the result of either intentional or unintentional conduct. Both individuals and companies may be held liable when pursuing compensation for a wrongful death case.
If a loved one has been killed by the wrongful act of another, you and your loved ones can count on the compassionate, yet aggressive, Elk Grove-based wrongful death attorneys at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm to help during these tough times. We have the experience and means to help you. Do not hesitate to contact the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm as soon as possible.
While no amount of money can bring your loved one back or take away your grief, California law allows you to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a wrongful death action against the party responsible for your loss. Such an action should be pursued with the aid of a personal injury firm like the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, which has extensive experience in handling wrongful death cases.
For most survivors, pursuing a claim is not about the money. Instead, it's about accountability and deterring wrongful behavior in the future. For families who have lost their primary breadwinner or the person who cares for the family and home, receiving monetary compensation from a wrongful death settlement can ease the financial burden their loss has caused.
Both the estate of the deceased and surviving members of the deceased's family who suffered losses may recover compensation for wrongful death.
In California, the estate can claim medical bills for the treatment of the injury or illness that led to the death, funeral expenses, and projected future lost income; individual family members can claim compensation for the value of services the deceased performed in the home, loss of financial support (present and future), and the loss of love, affection, guidance, companionship, and moral support.
Choosing the right lawyer to represent your family and the deceased's estate is essential. Because wrongful death cases can become complex and damages are sometimes difficult to prove and quantify, you should have an attorney with a significant amount of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases, preferably one whose practice is devoted entirely to this area of the law.
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